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In memory of Lynne Garcia-Polak, LGB '69

lundi, 21 mai 2012   (0 Comments)
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With the greatest of sadness we pass on the news that our dear friend Lynne Garcia-Polak (LGB '69) died on 22 February 2012 in Brussels, from cancer. She leaves her husband of nearly 30 years, Ramon Garcia, and their two children Matias and Lorenzo, who were both also students at Ecolint. Lynne's mother Leonie and her brother Alan also survive her.
 
Lynne Polak started school at Ecolint in 1956, and apart from one year (in 1967-68, when her family were posted to Brussels), she spent her entire school career at Ecolint. She graduated with us and the rest of our A-level year on that hot June evening in 1969.  She was truly a child of the international community. She was born in 1950 in Washington, USA, of Dutch parents, and her nationality was described in the 1969 Yearbook ("Echo") as "U.S.A./Holland"; but in one of our inevitable discussions about identity and rootlessness, Lynne described her identity as "Geneva International", and she had an easy fluency in four languages.
 
Her life and career reflected her international roots.  In 1969-1972 she attended the University of Sussex in England, where she gained a BA Honours degree in Psychology, and after that travelled on her own for a year in South America.  She returned, as so many of us do, to Geneva, working with autistic children at the Institut Clairival.  She married Ramon, who is Spanish, and a translator for the United Nations. They went to live in New York for four years, where Lynne started a career in television production, and then returned to Luxembourg in 1983. Ramon and Lynne travelled to Chile to adopt their twin boys, Lorenzo and Matias in 1992.  In Luxembourg, Lynne started her own TV production company, Lynx.  In 1997 the family returned to Geneva where the boys started school at Ecolint, and where in 1999 Lynne began working for the EBU (European Broadcasting Union).  Finally, in 2004, they moved back to Luxembourg again: and had planned to retire from there to Madrid in Spain this year. Sadly, this was to remain an unfulfilled dream.
 
Lynne was creative, loving, kind, wise, modest, and loyal. Above all, she had a great talent for friendship, with a wide circle of close friends, spread out in many different countries. She was also a wonderful and devoted mother to her boys, and took her greatest pride and satisfaction from their development and achievements. In her 1969 Yearbook entry she proposed as her plans after university "a trip round the world in a landrover, then ... we'll see...".  Well, indeed she saw a great deal, and all over the world.  She attended several Ecolint World Reunions, and she kept in touch with her friends: she was a great support to many.  We are two old friends who are grateful for all she gave us, and who miss her very much – and there are many others who will do the same.
 
Three links where some idea of Lynne's professional life can be gained: http://www.ebu.ch/eurovisiontv/pge/index.html , http://cineuropa.org/2011/vd.aspx?t=video&l=en&did=108961&fmt=flv and http://www.ebu.ch/en/union/news/2012/tcm_6-74542.php .
 
Marianne Velmans LGB '69
Robin Dormer LGB '69


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