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Michael Reidy ’70 grew up in Worcester, Mass., and came to LVC because he liked its size and strong English and music departments. Today, Reidy lives in Kent, in southeast England. What led him to make the leap across the pond after graduation? “In 1970, my draft number was 16, so I knew that the military would play a role in my future,” he explained. “I joined the U.S. Naval Reserves and served as a journalist aboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy from 1971 to 1973.” In the Navy, Reidy had the opportunity to tour some of Europe, but not as much as he wanted to, so after earning a master’s degree in English from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., in 1974, he took a position at a boys’ secondary school in England. From there, one position led to another, and today Reidy is the editorial director at Bespoke Publications Ltd., outside London.

“LVC always fostered the idea that our lives were ours to define, so the notion of moving abroad never seemed to be that exceptional,” Reidy said, noting that the education he received in Annville positioned him well for working— and pursuing further education—abroad. Reidy went on to earn a post-graduate certificate in education from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in philosophy of education from London University. “In fact, having a liberal arts education was a real advantage in that I felt I had a better grasp of a wider range of subject disciplines than my British-educated classmates,” he said.

When he first went to England to teach school, Reidy thought he’d only be there for two years. Nearly 40 years later, he’s glad he stayed. “Moving to England was— and continues to be—fascinating,” he said.

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