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Gardner-native Credits Public Education

Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the former director of the Peace Corps, addresses public school counselors group tomorrow

(April 2, 2003) QUINCY, Mass.—It was June 1974. Richard Nixon was president, Carly Simon was singing “You're So Vain” on the radio and Mark D. Gearan received his diploma from Gardner High School.

Gearan, son of Martha Gearan, of Gardner, has gone on to graduate cum laude from Harvard, earn a law degree from Georgetown, serve as the director of communications for President Bill Clinton and lead the Peace Corps. Gearan learned about the importance of education from his father, John S. Gearan, the former principal of Gardner High School, who died when Gearan was 12.

The 46-year-old president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges returns to the area to lead a discussion among public school guidance counselors at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at the Water Club Marian Bay. Members of the South Shore Counselors’ Consortium will hear first hand the value that Gearan places on his public school education.

More background information on Gearan can be found at