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Picturing Ecolint life in the 1950s

vendredi, 11 décembre 2015   (5 Comments)
Posted by: Eoghan O'Sullivan
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Virginia Langhoop-RininslandDigging through a drawer recently I came upon an album of photos that had been sent to the Alumni Office some years ago by Virginia Langhoop-Rininsland (LGB '57). It's a wonderful collection of images from Ecolint in the 1950s, with each photo carefully captioned.

We have now scanned the full collection and made it available an online gallery. (To access the gallery it is necessary to first sign-in to this website.)

The album was accompanied by a letter, the text of which is republished below. The photo to the right is of Virginia Langhoop-Rininsland and was taken in 1957 in Geneva.




[The letter is not dated, but seems to have been sent in 2008.]

Dear Ecolint,

The photos I am sharing with you tell a story about life at Ecolint during the years of 1954-1957. We all had stories to tell of our time spent living with such a diverse group of people.

I was born in New York City. My dad was employed by Aramco in Saudi Arabia because of the association with Mobilgas in NYC., and eventually ended up working for The Saudi Government Railroad.

Dad decided the International School in Geneva, Switzerland was the best place for me to receive a well rounded education and a safe environment! So there I was in Geneva, at times overwhelmed by the curriculum and other duties I had. But, everyone else was in the same "boat", and it was sink or swim, and we all chose to swim and made it whatever the challenge. I have been extremely thankful for whatever each experience taught me. I say a blessing in disguise!

The photos I have sent are a small part of a collection of many more, and other memorabilia. Those I have chosen give a good overall view of what life was like at Ecolint. And, of course, The Greek Theater was born!!

When I left Geneva I hoped in my heart I would someday return. I was married in 1957 to a young American Air Force Officer-Pilot, Richard John (Jack) Rininsland, who happened to be from Muscatine, Iowa. After about 14 years of living and raising five daughters in Upstate New York, we moved to Jack's "home state" of Iowa!!

We were married 44 years before Jack passed away in 2001, and I had 27 years with The Telephone Company before I retired, (another long story)!! Our daughters are all successful adults. They are all over the country, the youngest married an Australian and now resides in Sydney. I have 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren! My #3 daughter is married to a successful Iowa Farmer in the Muscatine, Iowa area which is why I "rooted" myself here. I love living in Iowa, a great part of the Heartland near the Mississippi River. I do travel a lot but, I will not be able to attend the Reunion this year due to family events which require my presence.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers for safe journeys and successful preparations for everyone involved in all the planned events.

Very sincerely,
Virginia Langhoop-Rininsland


One of the photos from the collection: Miss Groeflin, Mr. Jones, Mr. Solomon, Miss Van Duff (1954).


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Georgia Achard (Ehrgott) says...
Posted dimanche, 17 janvier 2016
These photos are wonderful!!! I recognize a few people : Diana Wasson, Linda Coughlin, Norman Wells, Mr. Leach, Mme Reifenberg etc. but I regret the lack of names under the photos. Georgia Ehrgott Achard (Aramco RT 1957) LGB 1960.
Community Administrator says...
Posted mercredi, 13 janvier 2016
@Paul Elwell-Sutton: You are indeed correct. The handwritten caption on the above photo reads "Griffin", but it is actually a photo of Miss Groeflin, who is, incidentally, alive and well in Switzerland. (Check the Former Staff: Then & Now section: We've corrected the caption.
Paul Elwell-Sutton says...
Posted mardi, 12 janvier 2016
Miss Groefflin I believe. Not Griffin.
Community Administrator says...
Posted jeudi, 7 janvier 2016
Thanks Ian. Glad you enjoyed the post.
Ian Kemp says...
Posted mercredi, 6 janvier 2016
this was v interesting I left in 1957 but I was younger do remember building the theatre

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