THE AIS/AES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BIDS A FOND ADIEU TO RETIRING PRESIDENT, MARY WILLIAMSON
posted 1 November 2019
Please join us in extending best wishes to Mary Flanagan Williamson (AIS Class of 1974), on her retirement as President of the AIS/AES Alumni Association Board of Directors, effective November 1, 2019.
Mary joined the board in 2005 and held the positions of Recording Secretary and Vice President before she was elected Association President in January 2011.
AIS Class of 1974 Reunion in Philadelphia, 2007.
Mary attended AIS from 1971-1973; her mother's work with the US Department of State brought them to India. Prior to New Delhi, Mary and her family lived in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, where she and her sisters attended
the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) for four years.
Always a very active alumna, Mary served many years as her class secretary as a way to locate and keep in touch with classmates. During the AIS/AES 2005 Reunion, Mary was elected by her classmates to be their "official" Class of 1974 alumni secretary; and in 2007, she hosted their first-ever class reunion weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Many do not realize the amount of time and effort Mary dedicated to the association over the years. In 2008, she was one of the three team leaders in "The Yearbook Project" that converted AIS/AES yearbooks into electronic files for the website. She has continued this project singlehandedly since 2011.
In 2009, Mary created and built all the online alumni class rosters currently listed (1962-2019) and stood up the Alumni Class Secretaries Program that same year.
Mary with former AES Director, Paul Chmelik, left,
at the 2015 Reunion and current AES Director, Jim Laney, Jr., at the alumni dinner in January 2019.
Mary had many accomplish-
ments while serving on the Board before and after be-
coming President. During her tenure as President, she doubled the association membership and is leaving the association on solid financial footing. She established a close relationship with the AES Director and his staff and strengthened
communications and interaction between the association and the school. She researched, wrote and posted frequent up-
dates for our alumni association's website and posted almost daily on our Facebook page.
Mary is credited for managing two successful record-breaking AIS/AES "All-School" Reunions (2010 and 2015) and several smaller reunions, as well as organizing numerous alumni and class dinners. In addition, she is
the Director of the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) Alumni Program, which she founded in 2003 and has hosted
two all-school reunions for Calcutta alumni.
After serving 31 years in the military, living and traveling all over the world, Mary and her husband retired from the US Air Force. They have settled in Virginia, where they will reside until they permanently retire. They have four grown children.
Mary's husband was the United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) Command Chief and often hosted conferences, which she would occasionally speak on behalf of the spouses and families. Official US Air Force Photo (2012)
Although Mary is retiring from her position as Association President, she has made an indelible mark on our association and made it possible for many of us to remain in touch with one another. Her tireless efforts to create multiple channels of communication (from the website to our Facebook page and through our alumni class secretaries) have kept alumni informed and helped long-lost friends reconnect.
Thank you, Mary, for your dedication to the AIS/AES Alumni Association and our Network. We are grateful. We look forward to seeing you at our 2021 Reunion!