Friday, November 13, 2009

Lillian Orlich (GSAS '51) - School Counselor for the Ages

Orlich.jpg Lillian Orlich (GSAS ’51) is the longest-serving employee in Prince William schools and, quite possibly, the Washington, DC region. She has accumulated more than 56 years of service at Osbourn Park High School in Virginia. After her graduation from NYU, "I struck out on my own," she told the Washington Post. She recalls the gray jumper with embroidered flowers she wore on her first day at Osbourn Park and the moment the principal introduced her as the "gal from Manhattan" to students not much younger than she. In the mid-1990s, she enrolled in Osbourn Park's Junior ROTC program so that she could be a role model for other students and to pursue a personal interest. Her role model growing up was Amelia Earhart. "That was an opportunity I never had as a young girl," she said. So, if she ever does retire, "maybe I will learn to fly."

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photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post.

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