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80. Jacqueline Burt (LGB 1959)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi, 5 décembre 2014

(Jacquie Richardson)

Jacqueline Burt1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I was there twice. From 1948-1951 and 1956-1959.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father worked for the B.I.T..

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
I would single out several who promoted and helped me with my interest in poetry and history: first Mrs Stump, then later Mme Briquet and Mr Leach, and of course Mr Quin.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
I actually had two: the library where I would immerse myself in books and read, forgetting what time it was. And the last window sill of the dining room area before you turned to exit the school, where I would meet Rita Kaul (still my best friend), Rima Alamuddin (RIP), Vijaya Kumar, Supriyo Roy, Francoise (Genevoise - forget her last name!); and later The Green Door with Barry Haigh. I remember involving Rita when business was brisk!

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
To this day the Chateau de Chillon and Gruyère remain two of my favorite haunts, and Saas Fe where I went skiing.; Paquis plage, where I belonged to the Polo Club; the Cercle d'Escrime; and the Old Town.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I recently moved to Las Vegas with my husband John, who is retired from the Air Force. Being retired from the business world, I now have more time to write historical factual/fiction novels. My third one, "Hatshepsut - Pharaoh Queen", is about to come out. My others are "Fiona" and "Red Deer", the latter two set in the 1700s. Also soon to come out, the life of Temuchin (Ghengis Khan) as told by his sister. I also have an agent for my film scripts.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Try to maintain the balance between education and individuality, and to maintain a global perspective on life and the environment. Also, to learn from history.

8.  What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?

It's never too late to be who you want to be. The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
That we are all the same no matter the external wrappings and to see beyond those outward appearances.



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