“DO NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
The military’s overseas schools were established in 1946 to educate the dependents of those assigned as part of the American Occupation Forces in Europe and the Pacific. What began as a ‘temporary’ school system became a permanent, thriving entity. The AOSHS members listed below were in that first group of educators who blazed the trail for others to follow. They helped establish many of the policies, programs and procedures still in place today.
FAYE C. ABRELL
DR. ALFRED BEERBAUM
REX L. GLEASON
MARIE M. GLICK
GAY A. LONG
EUNICE CHUTE MATTHEWS-JOHNSON
It is significant that they saw the need for AOSHS as a means of documenting the preserving the history of these schools. This is being done by preserving school records and memorabilia, and by encouraging the thousands of educators and millions of students to record their remembrances for future generations to study.
This paver is one small way we can preserve their memory.
For biographical data on each of the above honorees, please return to the alpha roster and highlight the name of the honoree you wish to read about.