What do you remember about attending George School?
As much as George School made an impression on me, I wanted to make an impression on it. I was busy trying to look like a Left Bank intellectual and was pretty much a wild child, but I enjoyed meeting because I liked to sit in silence. Clark Moore, who taught history, was one of the best teachers I had. I loved his sardonic sense of humor and still occasionally quote him. But most of all, I made very good friends there—people who have been friends all my life.
How do you find George School today compared with when you were a student?
I’ve been to a number of reunions. The last was the fiftieth, and I plan to go to my sixtieth. I laugh at how easy the students are with the faculty and how informal the dress can be. In our time, the school was so scared of anything happening. We were allowed to hold hands on the front lawn one evening a week—I think it was an hour—and we had two dances a week, but they were heavily patrolled for anything that looked like fun. What seemed sinful at the time just seems ludicrous now.
Why did you choose to include George School in your estate plans?
Of a handful of institutions that have made a real difference to me, George School is one. I may not be able to give a great deal of money, but I am doing it because I really did get an excellent education.
More about Christie:
Growing up in Los Angeles, Christie came to George School because “To get a good education, you went east.” After graduating, she attended Pembroke (Brown’s former women’s college), took a year off with two George School friends, worked for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in London, attended Sarah Lawrence, and got married. Much of her life she worked in film editing for TV shows, and for the last twenty years has run an online bookstore and a little ranch. She lives outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she volunteers as a fossil preparator at the Museum of Natural History.
* John M. George Society members have included George School in their estate plans and informed the school of their commitment.