Old Paulean, class of 1986
Currently, she lives in Boston, MA, and has worked for British Airways for the last 30 years. Married to Tim Coleman, she has two girls, Zoe and Mia.
“One of my best memories from St. Paul’s is working in the tuck shop – they had the best alfajores!”
Ana Carolina Salem Vanossi
Old Paulean, class of 1983 (left St. Paul’s at Form 2, 1978)
Currently living in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, Ana Carolina has a website that select charming homes for temporary and long rental, and sale. All properties are mainly in Brazil and some abroad.
“I had great fun in St Pauls. My best friends were Paula, Vivian, Karen, Cristiana, Milene, Ialna EV Erlea. We loved the field, loved singing, acting. It was a wonderful school. I remembered the visit of Prince Charles. He was right in front of me. Just great memories. Vivi, kiki and Karen are still very close friends. Friends for a lifetime.”
Bernardo Pinto Basto Roque de Pinho
Bernardo graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After three years working in Private Equity at HSBC he is currently the Head of Client Relationship Management of Generali Corporate for Latin America.
Old Paulean, class of 1983
After 20 years in the Music and Entertainment Industry, Carol has been working with Brazilian NGO’s for the past 6 years (Gerando Falcões, Instituto Avon, Fundação Rubem Cunha and Brazil Foundation).
“I have two incredible kids, Francesca 22 and Bobby 20. Cesca just graduated from college in the UK and Bobby is studying advertising in Brazil. I have finally accomplished my teenage romantic aspiration … I am engaged to a sexy, fabulous, brilliant… Englishman!”
Grace E. Downey
Old Paulean, class of 1995
Following her studies in Brazil, and after graduating from Belas Artes, Grace went on to teach PE for various years in São Paulo. She also played professional soccer for Corinthians, before taking up a scholarship to play in the USA, where she lived for one year.
Her passion for sports, the outdoors and travel eventually inspired her to pursue her dream and set off with her husband on a three and a half year “round the world” adventure by car. On their return, they launched a book “Challenging Your Dreams – Uma Aventura Pelo Mundo”, before another expedition, this time around Brazil. Once again, it resulted in another book “Challenging Your Dreams – Brasil Por Terra”.
Her passion for travel continues strong with her latest project “Overlander”. A platform and magazine about overlanding in general, providing a place for travellers to share their experiences and find out about all that is going on.
Presently, Director at both Challenging Your Dreams and Overlander, she offers lectures (motivational and recreational) as well as photo exhibitions and travel consultancy.
Grace has also been an active member of the Scout Movement all her life and is now voluntary President of the Carajás Scout Group as well as Leader of the Girl Scouts Troop.
John Richard Lister Farrar
Richard and his brother David left St. Paul’s in 1965 to continue their education in the UK. He went on to study at St. Edward’s School in Oxford, and has since worked in a number of different areas, including as a teacher of mathematics in secondary schools.
I was at St. Paul’s from January 1975 to June 1976 when I returned to England to complete my A levels. I now work as a geologist in Oxfordshire. I am married with two sons (28 and 25). I visited St. Paul’s a few years ago and it was much bigger and had many more pupils than in my day.
I was very happy during my time at the school and have many fond memories.
Leonardo D’ Abraham
Graduated in Dramatic Arts, with collaborative training at The Actors Studio in New York City. In the United States, also attended New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, in the department New Studio Acting. He participated in TVI Actors Studio and One on One Casting in Los Angeles.
In the movies, he starred Blindness (2008), Oscar Nominee, directed by Fernando Meirelles. Furthermore, he made a short motion picture Gun Voyage in New York with avant-première at the Cinépolis Chelease. In the theatre, Leonardo participated in two off-broadway plays also in NY.
In Brazil, while attending St. Paul’s School, he took part in the course The Imaginary Actor by Christian Duurvoort, director and acting coach, at the Academia Internacional do Cinema. On screen, he starred in a series of short films directed and produced by young International filmmakers. D’Abraham also trained with the Grupo Tapa and TV Globo.
Libby Haslam (née Philip)
Libby is a principal at GSBS Architects, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Her main focus is designing higher education buildings, but she has also worked on residential projects, restaurants, and corporate offices. She has been teaching at a design studio at the University of Utah since 2001, when she graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture. In 1993 she met her husband, a Utah native, in Santorini, Greece. She misses her wonderful friends from St. Paul’s, which she still holds dear to her heart.
Marcela Jirousek Lemos Monteiro
Class of 1972, left St. Paul’s in 1969
When I arrived from South Africa at the age of eight, I knew not a word of Portuguese. My parents, of Czech origin, enrolled me at St Paul’s in 1961 and I left in 1969 to prepare myself for a Brazilian University.
I chose Agronomy at Esalq and not only did I leave Piracicaba graduated as married to an agronomist as well.
We took over my husband’s family ranch in Pantanal, therefore moved to Campo Grande, MS, the nearest big town. Our three boys also are agronomists, and we co-share different activities and responsibilities raising Brangus cattle. Lots of work in a beautiful environment. Riding, photographing and painting are my favourite hobbies.
So now, I tell my six grandchildren many stories, among them about my studying at St. Paul’s School and how much I learnt there and how important it was to prepare me for life.
In 1968 at St. Paul’s was greeted by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, who asked me about my being so small and already wearing a prefect badge.
Patricia Dagmar Jirousek
I was born in Naples, Italy, in 1950. My parents were Czech refugees at the time having fled Communist Czechoslovakia in 1948. At the age of 8 months, I was taken by my parents to South Africa where they had received a Work Permit from a Czechoslovak citizen who had a brickfield.
After the first racial manifestations in Sharpeville, our family decided to move to São Paulo. That is when both of us started at St. Pauls School. I studied there from Jr 5-Form 5 and later I studied Social Sciences. After a car accident, I decided that I really had wanted to study Fine Arts and continued at FAAP from 1972-1976.
I married in São Paulo, and all three children were born there.
In 1988 the whole MILITZER family moved to Toronto, Canada. I started an Art Therapy formation in Toronto, together with a Biography course. Then moved back to Brazil, this time to Florianopolis. Since then, I paint and exhibit, living in Florianopolis close to two of my children and their families.
I am very grateful for having learnt English in South Africa and then continuing at St. Paul’s. My school life was exciting hearing different British accents from teachers who came from various Commonwealth countries. Not only did we study British culture through literature, grammar, geography, history but also Brazilian language, literature, geography, history and Portuguese literature (all of which became obligatory in my last years there).
Renee Lewin Gorsky
Class of 1970 (left St. Paul’s in Form 4, 1967)
I am an Old Paulean and finished Form IV in June 1967. A big party celebration was done in the old Assembly Hall. I then went to Liceu Eduardo Prado and finished high school.
For college, I went to FAAP and, for graduate studies, I went to Universidade Mackenzie for Business Administration. For five years, I worked at Banco Lar Brasileiro (Chase Manhattan Bank). In September 1979, I left Brazil to get a Master of Science at Adelphi University in Banking and Money Management. Upon graduation, I moved to Montreal, Canada, and worked for six years for The Royal Bank of Canada. Got my Green Card, and a banking job at Riggs National Bank, today it is PNC Bank, in Washington DC. I still live in the area – Arlington, Virginia, and I am now retired. I married Jeff Gorsky in November 1989 and have two daughters, Laura and Adrianna. I often go to São Paulo to visit my parents.
Roderick Peter Steel
Class of 1988, left St. Paul’s in 1979
I currently live between São Paulo and Philadelphia. I have a multimedia practice that mixes video, photography, performance and ethnography. Have been experimenting with Art for over 40 years and St. Paul’s Art classes were possibly where it all began…
I recall spending hours exploring the natural wonderland within the hedges that surrounded the main playing field, full of bugs, caterpillars, spiders, and assorted creepy crawlies and bits of chewing gum, candy wrappers, and other human vestiges, and where we used to hide out, hang out, fight, run, create intrigues and generally get up to no good during break time. Behind those bushes was where we created a parallel world for kids.
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