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Meet George French Retired Teacher

June 1, 2016

George French
George was born in Mineola Long Island, but he grew up in Brielle, New Jersey which is a shore town. He went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick and got his master's degree from Middlebury College.

George taught Spanish for thirty-nine years in four high schools in New Jersey. The last thirty-two and a half years were in Chatham, New Jersey. For most of his time there, he was chairman of the department. It was a wonderful school and while he was there, the enrollment in Spanish kept increasing as people realized the relevance of learning the language.

Teaching is a rewarding career and George feels fortunate, not only about the quality of the school where he taught, but that he was able to retire with a healthy pension, something that may not be as likely in the future.

He and his wife Barbara lived in a 55 and up retirement community for eleven years, but moved to Bennington to have time with their family. They live right around the corner from their daughter, Jennifer, and their grandson, Harry who is going to be five soon.

Jennifer teaches at Williams College. Her husband, Paul, is a Rutgers University police captain so his career is in New Jersey. He comes up to Bennington each weekend, except at times when needed, such as recently when President Obama was on campus.

Barbara and George have two other children, Tom and Larry. Tom lives in New Jersey and Larry in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.

George and Barbara have only been here for eleven months, but they are enjoying Bennington. George likes to garden and bowl. He is glad to be a member of Rotary and, given his experience reading applications, he thinks he could be of service on the scholarship committee. One of his reasons for joining Rotary is to be of service. He has also been enjoying the speakers. We are glad to welcome George to Bennington and Rotary.

Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)

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