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Death of former English teacher Elspeth Williamson

lundi, 9 février 2015   (0 Comments)
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Elspeth WilliamsonElspeth Williamson, an English teacher who taught at La Grande Boissière from the 1970s until her retirement in 1999, passed away in Geneva on Monday 2 February. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life will take place at Geneva's Holy Trinity Church on Friday 20 February at 13h30.

Her friend and former colleague Alex Rodriguez-Giovo (who is also Ecolint's Archivist) writes that she was a greatly loved and widely respected member of the English Department at LGB.

"She was also", he continued, "a valiant, vocal and indefatigably principled spokeswoman for our school's core values and for the rights of the poor, of the oppressed and of underdogs in general, never failing to live up to her principles and always putting her money where her mouth was, regardless of the cost to herself."

Mr. Rodriguez-Giovo relates that she was described by one Ecolint Director General as "my moral conscience", (to which Elspeth instantly replied "Why don't you have your own?").

Lifelong teacher

After she retired, she dedicated herself to giving pro bono English classes to inmates in Geneva's Champ-Dollon prison, even as her illness made it impossible for her to continue. Her students at the prison, like those at Ecolint previously, loved and respected her.

Her children Carole and Tim also attended Ecolint and she had four grandchildren.

The photograph above is taken from the 1999 LGB Yearbook, the final one to feature her as it was the year of her retirement.

Memorial Service

A celebration of Elspeth Williamson's life will take place in Geneva on Friday 20 February at 13h30. The service will be in the Holy Trinity Church (14b rue du Mont-Blanc), to be followed by a drink at The Clubhouse (25 rue Philippe-Plantamour).

Anyone that wishes to contribute to the ceremony in some way may contact Carole Williamson (carole.williamson [at]


The notice of her death published in the Tribune de Genève included the following quote:

"how do you spell love?"
"You don't spell it,
You feel it.

(A.A. Milne).

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