Alumnus Lane Kirkland (SFS’48) had a monumental impact in the American labor movement, acting as President of AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995. His most celebrated contribution to history however was his support of the independent Polish trade union, Solidarity, that helped end Communist control in Eastern Europe.
Edward Bennett Lawson (SFS’24, MSFS’25) was a World War I veteran who attended Georgetown as one of the first students of the SFS. He had a full career, traveling all over the world for various diplomatic posts, ultimately becoming a US Ambassador, first to Iceland, then to Israel, until his retirement.
Philip Verveer (SFS ’66) has made a name for himself in the world of international communications law and policy. The former Obama administration official has worked at all levels of government, but he got his start on the Hilltop.
SFS welcomed back several of its distinguished graduates, alumae who were among the first women on the Hilltop. They shared their experiences as students at SFS, the obstacles they faced, and what they went on to do in their careers.
The first female students arrived at the School of Foreign Service in 1943 and—although they would face a variety of unique obstacles, limitations, and quota systems that lasted nearly three decades—women have been at SFS ever since.
Laurence Stallings, who graduated with a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service in 1922, turned his experience as a wounded veteran in the First World War into inspiration for a career as a renowned journalist, author, and playwright.