Alumni News

Jay Vreeland ´82: is suggesting us to visit the following unusual museums in Vienna. Please click here.

Andrew Wegst ´85: a freelance filmmaker and an incredible photographer posted the below picture with the Academy Award Nominee Djimon Gaston Hounsou while spending time in the African jungle (© 2019 Andrew Wegst)


Shamsul Baker Rizwan ´85: has been named by the Henry County, Atlanta, as its new transportation planning director. Read about it in the AJC magazine.

Chris Newman ´86: an experienced trainer, coach and educator just launched his new website: The Newman Seminars.

Lisa Biritz ´86: Interested in swimming with the dolphins or finding out more about alternative healing methods? Then take a look at Liz's website.

Brian Brennan ́94: informed us that we can now book a seat on the United Airlines' "Star Wars" themed airplane. Take a look!

Aneta Dolezal ´09: her partner David recently started a beautiful project. Together with two other friends, they have managed to import sustainably cultivated fruits directly from small farmers in Uganda. The fruit tastes absolutely galactic. Test it yourself through the Matunda Shop.

Parissima Taheri-Maynard ´09: read her interview “Creating Spaces and Making Voices Heard” with the Brizo Magazine.

Last but not least; Bryan ´76 and his brother Bruce ´78 Adams: here is a song written and composed by Bryan for the holiday season. Enjoy!

Sad News

Frank Modica
Former ES Music Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Mr. Modica has passed away on June, 18 2020. A perfectionist in everything he did, Mr. Modica was thoroughly an old school Italian gentleman. A strict but fair teacher. A smart and interesting conversation partner. We are sure he leaves behind many memorable stories to be told by his students and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Ciao Frank, Servus Mr. Modica!

Juliane Yamada
Former HS Art, Studio Art and Art History Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Ms. Yamada has passed away on April 29, 2020. Ms. Yamada was a sweet, smart, helpful, patient person/teacher and always concerned about your wellbeing. We will forever remember that serious look she used to put on while asking you a question and the cute smile she gave you back when she heard the response she was hoping to hear. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. R.I.P. and Servus Ms. Yamada, you will be dearly missed!

Valerie Levy
Former HS French Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Madame Levy has passed away on February 22, 2019. She taught at AIS in the 70s, 80s and 90s (in total of 25 years). The AIS Vienna alumni community lost a very dedicated, hard working, smart, sweet, courteous, friendly, passionate, reliable and witty teacher as well as a human being. The Levy family are in our thoughts and prayers. May her soul rest in peace. We will dearly miss you, but never forget you Mme Levy.

Herman Glass
Former Elementary School Principal
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Mr. Glass has passed away on April 8, 2018. As the longest serving elementary school principal at AIS (1970–1998), Mr. Glass loved the school and remained connected and engaged even after his retirement. Many of his best friends were former AIS colleagues themselves. However, it was the many students that attended AIS, over the 28 years he served in his role as principal, that were the true joy of his daily work. Mr. Glass had an incredible memory remembering students´ names as well as a contagious smile which lifted your spirits up as soon as you saw it. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Servus Mr. Glass, we will miss you dearly!

Lockwood "Woody" Bar
Former ES, MS, and HS Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Mr. Barr has passed away on April 22, 2018. He was one of the few teachers who taught in all 3 sections of AIS (ES, MS and HS) from 1986 till 2005. He was a smart, polite, helpful and funny person, friend, colleague, human being with a calming presence and friendly hugs. He was also one of the best coaches our girls´ soccer team had, bringing home many many trophies. Mr. Barr will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Servus Woody. Bis wir uns wieder mal sehen…

Manfred Behrendt
Former Physical Education Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Mr. Manfred Behrendt has passed away on November 23, 2017. He was a long-time PE teacher at AIS in the 70s and 80s as well as a coach and trainer to many teams. If you did not have him as an instructor, you were sure to run into him at one of those "legendary" ski weeks. He was a motivating, patient, helpful and a fun person/teacher. Our thoughts go out to his family (son Andy, daughter Babsy and former wife Henny – all AIS alumni) and friends. R.I.P. Manfred, wir werden dich sehr vermissen!

Dorothy Brizi
Former MS Math, Science and ESL Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Ms. Dorothy Brizi has passed away on November 20, 2017. She taught at AIS from 1983 till 1998 (15 years) and was also the coach of the Middle School Math Team. She was a funny (if not the funniest AIS faculty member), sweet, patient, and helpful person / teacher. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. R.I.P. and Ciao Ms. Brizi, you will be dearly missed!

John Esperian
Former Assistant Director (HS Principal) and English Literature Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Mr. Esperian has passed away. He was an easy going, sweet, intelligent, inspiring, creative and patient teacher, colleague, friend and person. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed, May his soul rest in peace. Aufwiedersehen John!

Gerhard Schleimer
Former Business Manager
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Dr. Schleimer has passed away on the 22th of February 2017. He was at AIS over three decades (1969-1992) and a true Austrian gentleman who knew the school inside out. He was a polite, friendly, smart team player and always concerned about your and school´s well being. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. R.I.P. and Servus Dr. Schleimer, you will be dearly missed!

Imogen "Imi" Diana Lathbury
Former Assistant to the School Director
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Ms. Lathbury has passed away on the 25th of May 2016. She was at AIS over many decades. A lovely lady who knew AISV inside out. You had a question about the school, she was the one to ask and she always had an answer for you. Imi was fun to be around. She had that witty British humor; all the time. One barely remembered seeing her without a smile. She was a team player, smart and always concerned about your well being. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. R.I.P. and Bussi Imi, you will be dearly missed!

Gertrude "Gerti" Burke
Former Front Office/Reception
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Ms. Burke passed away peacefuly on Sunday, the 21st of February 2016. She was a well known face of the "AIS Front Desk" over many decades. A very serious lady who always knew what she was doing and made sure what she did was close to being perfect. She was one of the few staff members with whom AIS alumni loved keeping in touch with through long letter writings (we used to publish these letters in every issue of the Globespotter). And she is still one of the few that the visiting alumni always ask about. Just about everybody who had anything to do with AIS over the years knew her! Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. R.I.P. Frau Burke, you will be dearly missed!

Veronika Kriwanek
Former ESL and Typing Teacher
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Ms. Kriwanek passed away on the 5th of June 2015. She taught at AIS over three decades (60s, 70s and 80s) and was a lovely, patient, sweet and helpful person / teacher. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. R.I.P. Ms. Kriwanek, you will be dearly missed.

Amelia Herràn
Former HS French Teacher
We have received the sad news, that Ms. Herrán passed away on the 26th of May 2015 after a long fight with cancer. She was a smart lady with lots of patience, wit and love for her students. Rest in peace Ms. Herrán, you will be dearly missed.

Jack Bullard
Former Guidance Director
We have, unfortunately, received the sad news that Mr. Bullard has passed away in March, 2015 at the age of 85. R.I.P. Mr. Bullard. The AIS Vienna family will dearly miss you.

Sylvia Basch
Former Elementary School Counselor
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Ms. Basch. She was such a lovely, helpful, sweet and smart person. The "Knights" will miss her dearly. May her soul rest in peace!

Renèe Jeschaunig
Former MS/HS Librarian
We are very sad to inform you all that Ms. Jeschaunig - the unforgettable AIS librarian of the 60s, 70s and 80s, has passed away on the 14th of December 2012. You must know that she was far more than just an ordinary librarian: Mrs. Jeschaunig was a holocaust survivor, which resulted in her being personally involved in many classes at AIS (especially the humanities department), she was a popular interview partner for newspaper and book authors and she was a board of directors member at the European Council of International Schools´ Librarians. She will be dearly missed. R.I.P. Mrs. Jeschaunig!

Jo Steinbauer
Former ESL/English Teacher
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the sad news that Ms. Steinbauer has passed away. She was a long time ESL and English teacher who thought her students to believe in themselves as well as to speak up whenever and wherever necessary even if they were not native English speakers. She succeeded in making her class so interesting that many became reading fanatics afterwards. She had an incredible patience and a soothing voice that one seldom experiences. She will truly be missed by the AIS community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter, Kathleen Steinbauer (AIS alumna, Class of ´81) and her family.

Chris Strasen
Former Director Administrator/High School Guidance Counselor
The AIS community has lost yet another great person. Ms. Strasen was a former Director Administrator as well as the High School Guidance Counselor from the late 70s till the mid 80s. She was a very kind, helpful and smart lady. She had a calm but a strong personality. Her positive influence on the students she guided throughout her presence at AIS is unforgettable. She will be missed by the AIS community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Gail MacMillan
Former High School Principal and Councelor
It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing away of our dear Ms. Gail MacMillan. Some of you might also remember her as our High School Councelor from ´96 till ´99. Gail was a smart, trustable, cooperative and fun colleague, friend and team-player. She made things move on: quick decisions taken, projects pushed on, problems solved as soon as possible. She was simply one of the best. R.I.P. Gail - our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.