Tony Gooch, C’59, receives 2012 IIE Europe Award for Excellence

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) European Office has announced that Anthony C. Gooch, C’59, is the recipient of the 2012 IIE Europe Award for Excellence. The award, to be presented Dec. 7, recognizes Gooch’s establishment and continued support of the Klein Family Scholarships, which provide full financial support to talented Hungarian students to study at Sewanee. Update: See photos of the award ceremony here.

Gooch (right, with Vice-Chancellor John McCardell in 2011), a retired partner with more than 40 years of experience at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (New York), has written and co-authored numerous books and articles on documentation for financial derivative products and loan documentation. He has served Sewanee as a regent, including on the Investment Management Committee of the Board of Regents, and is on other boards including the Board of Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Rockefeller University Council.

He formerly served as general counsel, as a trustee, and then as chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an organization that works to better the conditions of the rural poor and their communities in Africa and Asia. 

After graduating summa cum laude from the University, Gooch received a law degree (LL.B.) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University, followed in 2005 by a master’s degree in international affairs  from Columbia University. He studied at the College of Europe in Belgium in 1959-60 on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The Klein Family Scholarships were conceived of in 2003 by Gooch’s late wife, Linda B. Klein, who was of Hungarian descent on her father’s side. The scholarships are permanently endowed by gifts to the University of the South made by Klein herself and by Gooch and others to honor her memory. The University provides partial matching of ongoing gifts and the endowment income, which makes the program possible.

One four-year full scholarship is offered each year to a high school student from Hungary, or from another Central or Eastern European country, to pursue a degree at Sewanee. The Institute of International Education’s European Office conducts the program outreach and manages the prescreening process for the Klein Family Scholarships.

Klein Family Scholarships have been awarded each year from 2007-2012 to a Hungarian student—six graduates of some of the top high schools in five different cities in Hungary. Two recipients have completed their studies, and four students are currently enrolled at Sewanee.

“Being an international student at Sewanee has not only given me an opportunity to learn about a different environment, but also completely changed my outlook on my own culture,” said Klein scholar Zita Monori, who is currently a junior. “This enhanced awareness in my conception of the world will always help me to think more critically about my surroundings, the people with whom I come in contact, and how we relate to each other,” she added.

“One of the things I value most about my experience in Sewanee is the people I had the chance to meet. I made friends from all over the world: Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, France, Japan, Spain, Rwanda, Nepal, China, Honduras, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Zambia, Russia, Pakistan, and Germany. In such a setting, a regular dinner table conversation easily supplies anyone with lots to learn about other cultures,” commented Tamás Kubik, a Klein scholar in his senior year.

By helping to establish and support the Klein Family Scholarships, Gooch has furthered IIE’s mission of fostering mutual understanding through the international exchange of students, and contributed to promoting closer educational relations between the United States and Europe.

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