History

A Man of Peace Whose Shooting Prompted a War

Shlomo Argov (SFS’52) was born in Jerusalem in 1929. His family had lived in the Holy Land for seven generations. At that time the city lay within the British Mandate for Palestine, though during Argov’s life, the State of Israel would burst into existence during the 1948 War of Independence.

A Labor Leader with a Flare for the International

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.

Aida Berio (SFS '52)

Aida Berio (SFS ‘52) Fought for Racial Justice

In 1978, a Puerto Rican woman made headlines for filing a lawsuit for racial discrimination in the Washington, D.C. District Court against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she had worked since 1971. That woman was Aida Berio, who graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1952.

Alumnus Joseph F Santoiana, Jr.’s Rich Legacy in the FBI

Joseph Santoiana, born in 1911, graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 1931. Santoiana joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1940, where he would work for 33 years, establishing a reputation as one of the finest administrators of the FBI.

Harry Sandager (SFS’21) Leads Life of Sport, Cars, and Politics

Harry Sandager (SFS’21) graduated in the inaugural class of the School of Foreign Service while working in Washington, D.C., as secretary to Rhode Island Congressman Walter Stiness. In addition to a career in soccer and cars, Sandager served as the Rhode Island Representative in Congress.

How Walter Giles Restored For SFS Its Own Faculty

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service has become known for the contributions its teachers, graduates, and students make in the wider world. In the late 1960s, though, it was in service not far afield, but to his own school in a time of crisis, that made Government Professor Walter Giles so remarkable.

Jesuits in the Middle East: Edmund A. Walsh and Baghdad College

In 1932, Father Walsh established Baghdad College, a Jesuit high school for boys in Iraq. Operated by the Jesuits for 32 years, Baghdad College is still considered the top secondary school in Iraq. The school continues to educate future Iraqi leaders, albeit without the influence of the Jesuits who founded and staffed the school for 32 years. Baghdad College remains one small part of the impactful legacy of Edmund A. Walsh, S.J.