Desmond Cole

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COLE --Desmond on January 6. Director of the United Nations International School from 1964-1974 where he was a pioneer in the development of the International Baccalaureate and oversaw the relocation of the school to its permanent headquarters on F.D.R. Drive. Headmaster of the Allen-Stevenson School from 1974-1990. Desmond's refusal to close the school during the blizzard of 1978 was a defining moment in his tenure. Desmond was dearly loved by his family, friends and students for his compassion and humor and admired for his principles and fortitude. Born in London, Desmond served in the Royal Navy in World War II, and earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Oxford, which he attended on a merit scholarship. Headmaster of the British School and American School of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Well into his 50s, Desmond ran two New York City Marathons and completed two Outward Bound courses. He is survived by his wife, Charity, and their children, Tom, Peter and Sally; his son, Thomas Winsnes; brother Oswald; sister Annette; and six grandchildren. The family warmly welcomes all who knew Desmond to share their stories with us at desmond Memorial service is Sunday, March 16th, 11am at the Doris Duke Center, The Sarah Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St, Durham, North Carolina. Donations may be made to the Desmond Cole Memorial, The Sarah Duke Gardens, PO Box 90626, Durham, NC 27708, or to the Allen-Stevenson School, Desmond Cole Fortiter et Recte Award, 132 East 78th Street, NY, NY 10075.
Published in The New York Times on Jan. 13, 2008