Interviewed by Charles R. Longsworth
July 12, 2009
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George L. Shinn, originally class of 1945, came to Amherst in 1941 and graduated in 1948 after serving 3.5 years as a naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began his twenty-seven-year career at Merrill Lynch in an entry-level position, eventually becoming President and CEO. From 1975-1983 he was CEO of First Boston. For fifteen years he served as an alumni trustee, life trustee, and then term trustee. During seven of those years, 1973-1980, he served as chairman of the board and it was his 1974 letter to the community that announced the decision to admit women.
Charles R. Longsworth, class of 1951, is chairman emeritus of the college's Board of Trustees. He served as president of Hampshire College, from 1971-1977. From 1977 to 1992 he served as president of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and then CEO and chairman (1991-1994).
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