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
“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.