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Remembering Ernie Mannino
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor 19-Oct-17
The world of international education has lost a longtime leader with the passing on 22 August 2017 of Dr. Ernest Mannino, founder of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). Born in Arlington, Massachusetts on 1 July 1922, Ernie graduated from Harvard University’s class of 1946 after serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Beginning his career at the Coolidge School, Ernie devoted his professional life to education. He was Director of the Office of Overseas Schools with the U.S. Department of State and oversaw 187 schools in 101 countries. It fell to Yolanda Murphy-Barrena, Executive Director AAIE, to inform friends and colleagues of Ernie’s passing. “Ernie was truly a giant in the world of international education who lived an exceptionally accomplished and long life of service as an educator and leader,” she wrote. “He was a true visionary and a fearless crusader for ensuring a high quality international education was available around the world. Ernie leaves a historic legacy that lives on in the many organizations he helped found. His efforts to ensure a great school for every foreign service officer’s child, proliferation of excellence and sharing between American and international educational leaders and a place to call home for the many overseas leaders, who after more than 50 years, continue to gather annually at AAIE are testaments to his exceptional drive and leadership.” Longtime collaborator Forrest Broman of The International Educator had this to say about Ernie Mannino: “As Director of the Office of Overseas Schools for the Department of State, Ernie Mannino has had a tremendous impact on the creation and development of American international schools around the world. A major figure of his legacy is the network of regional associations that strongly support both American and other international schools in every region of the world,” wrote Broman. “Ernie will be remembered fondly by several generations of American international school heads.”
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