Carta de John Walsh
Dear Mr Taylor:
Im sure this might be one of the stranger letters you have received recently.
It is the middle of the night in Newport, Rhode Island and, unable to sleep, I came down to look around on my computer. Somehow, I decided to look under Argentina and came across the St. Andrew's website.
I went to St Andrew's in 1948, the last year in which I was in Argentina. I was in Cuarto Ano which was the most senior class at the School in '48. I left at the end of that year to return to the States with my family. My father had worked in BA with General Motors for some 20 years. I was born there in 1932 and went to Belgrano Day School from 1938 to 1947. Since I lived in Olivos I transferred to StA which had moved there a year earlier (I believe) from the other side of the city.
I thoroughly enjoyed my year there... I was on the Fifth Division Rugby Team which won the championship that year as well as being the shortstop on the softball team that won the Campeonato Intercolegial in 1948... I still have the medal we were awarded!
Since leaving Argentina I have led an interesting life... went to Williams College (Massachusetts) then to Harvard Business School and then to the US Army followed by many years in New York City where I eventually became president of a fair sized advertising agency.
When I was at Harvard Business School, I was joined by Gerry van Tienhoven who had been a classmate of mine at both St A and at BDS for many years. The last time I spoke to him was shortly after the loss of Pan Am 103 over Scotland when I read his brother's name in the passenger list. Tommy van T., although quite a bit younger than us, also went to St A his brother told me.
I have never been back to BA in the years since I left and that does make me sad. I enjoyed my childhood years there a great deal. I thought BDS was a truly great school in those days and i got a great deal from that experience as well as from having lived there throughout World War 2. In fact I still recall BA being flooded with German sailors in Dec. 1939 after the scuttling of the Graf Spee. I recall going to visit the two English ships that put into BA...the Ajax and the Achilles... the Exeter went directly to the Falkland Islands for major repairs. I also recall on June 4 , 1943 being on a train that got caught between the Army marching on the City and the Navy defending the Escuela de la Mecanica (infamous in later years)... almost all the ammunition landed on my train as i recall.
I spotted your name in the Headmaster's Letter at the front of the website...I hope all goes well at St Andrews and that you enjoy the challenge of running the school.
John Connly Walsh
Respuestas al relato de Peter Shreiber
Estimados co exalumnos: He leído
la carta de Peter Shreiber, pidiendo algunos datos de Tomas Van Tienhoven. Con
Tommy, alias "Pucho", compartimos 12 años de San Andrés, desde
primero inferior hasta quinto año, ingresamos en 1949 y egresamos juntos en
1960. Estos doce años, mas el hecho de ser
Christopher Van Tienhoven es sobrino de Tomás, o "Pucho" como lo llamábamos en el colegio. Chris es hijo de Gerardo o Gerry Van T., el mayor de tres hermanos que asistieron al colegio, siendo Robbie el del medio y Tomás el menor. Todos eran excelentes atletas además de brillar académicamente. Chris a su vez tuvo dos otros hermanos que también asistieron al colegio. Un ex-alumno
Por la presente, quería agradecer la carta
publicada por Peter Shreiber. Fui alumno de Peter y ex-compañero de la
promoción de Ricardo (Caffarone), hermano de Hernán. La carta relata fehacientemente
el dolor que vivimos aquellos que conocimos a Hernán.
Para Peter Shreiber un saludo especial por su viaje a Escocia para una misión tan conmovedora y de tanto amor y lealtad, Andrea Chami '78
Me interesa recibir el texto completo de la carta de Peter Schreiber, ex-profesor mío. Solo abre la primer página. Hernán Caffarone, de Fleming como yo pero dos años mayor, me enseñó a saltar vallas junto con el "burro" Anthony y el "negro" Prior, en ese entonces profesor de Educación Física. Recuerdo a Hernán siempre con cariño. Gracias, Sergio Ellmann '80
Visita de Peter Shreiber
Hola , Lila;
Quería agradecerte el tiempo y la simpatía que meofreciste ayer en St Andrews. La gira que abarco
casi todo el colegio, me lleno de un montón derecuerdos que nunca olvidare. Gracias !! Un beso,