American alumnus George Currie came to the School after serving in the Burma campaign during the Second World War. As well as studying on the Statistics and Maths programme graduating in 1949, he was President of the Mountaineering Club and a member of the cross-country athletics team.
Following graduation, he was selected to join LSE alumnus Al Karchere to work with Dr John Cassels at the United States Mission to the Marshall Plan in London. He went on to become an economist and statistician in the British Colonial Service, developing the first system to predict annual crop production in Uganda, returning to the UK with his family in 1954.
Later positions included corporate planning in the oil industry, which included roles in Geneva and New York. He retired whilst in the US in 1991, and passed away in August 2015, leaving behind five children: Robert, David, Elizabeth Ann, Suzanne and Marianne.
David commented: “Dad’s wanting ‘to know the causes of things’ led him to trek off the beaten path. He certainly epitomised the LSE motto. His fondness for LSE grew as he got older, and he made it known in his final days that he wanted to help perpetuate the School’s mission – and through this significant gift he affirms his gratitude for the strong foundation and life-long impact the School provided for him.”
George’s five-figure bequest, formed partially from a gift of stock will be used for LSE’s unrestricted charitable purposes.