Brian Schnurr ('69) - "The most significant memory is my meeting Anna-Lee Rother in September 1968 at Freshman Orientation. We were both on NCSC, became “emotionally involved” and are about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary."Describe yourself in 50 words or less?

I am a husband (40 years), a father (34 years) and a grandfather (15 months). I am politically engaged and involved in issues requiring community social actions. I have practiced law for 38 years, have my own small firm and specializing in resolving as well as avoiding estate and trust disputes. My wife Anna-Lee & I have a lifelong passion for travel and regret that we will run out of life before we run out of destinations.

Why did you choose New College (be honest) and what were your expectations?

I was particularly attracted to the fact that New College was a new-denominational, multi-faculty college. Alas, it was not steeped in generations of history but at the point of creating the new identity at a very tumultuous time on university campuses. NC was determined to offer courses and scholarships in newly recognized areas of research such as women’s studies and African studies.

How did your academic and social experience at the University/College prepare you for life and your career?

I was introduced to new and varied areas of academic study as well as a broad demographic of people and cultures. Two years living in NC residence immersed in the university experiences and introduced to the joys and frustration of communal living.

Was there anyone in particular at New College (staff, student or faculty) who had a strong influence on your life or made a lasting impression on you?

Principal Don Ivey – Listen at least as much as you speak – look for diplomatic solutions.

What are your most memorable events from your time as President of NCSC?

The most significant memory is my meeting Anna-Lee Rother in September 1968 at Freshman Orientation. We were both on NCSC, became “emotionally involved” and are about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.