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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 Presi-
dent in January 2011.

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. Read more on Mary
while serving on the Board, before and after becoming President.

1) Dhanyavaad (Mary's Announcement to Former Board Members She Served With, 25 OCT 2019)
2) Mission Accomplished (Mary's Notification to Current Board Members, 25 OCT 2019)
3) Moving Forward & New President Voting Process (25 OCT 2019)
4) Thank You to All (posted 6 NOV 2019)

posted 11 July 2019

Dear Mary, Look what I found, from 1973, in my old personal AIS file! Great
blast from the past. RS 60 vs RS 1000-1200 today for a yearbook. Please
share with alumni."
From classmate, Deepak Sen (email dated 10 July 2019)

Please click on image to view enlarged.

posted 5 July 2019

Mary Williamson with Uncle Sam, 4 July 2019, WashingtonDC At the 2019 Fourth of July: "A Salute to America" festivites, downtown Washington, DC. Photos of Mary Williamson (Class of 1974) celebrating with "Uncle Sam" (left) and with her husband (center)

Mary Williamson with hubby, 4 July 2019, WashingtonDC SikhsLoveAmerica float, 4 July 2019 parade, Washington DC
Please click on images for enlargement

posted 6 August 2018

Three AIS/AES alumni attended the second American International School of Calcutta's all-school reunion this past weekend. They have the distinction of having attended both American Internation-
al Schools in Calcutta and New Delhi.

From l-r: Mary Williamson ('74), Alan Egler ('74) and Barbara McCabe ('76) at the AISC 2018 Reunion dinner Saturday night,
4 August 2018, Taj of India Indian Cuisine in Arlington, Virginia.

Please click on photo for enlargement. Photo contributed by Barbara McCabe

See their 2006 Reunion photo.

June 2017

Just an updated photo of the loves of my life! This was taken on 12 June 2017
in Portland, Oregon.
Clockwise (l-r): daughter, Michelle (middle child); husband, Dave; son, Matthew (oldest child); Mary; daughter, Marie (youngest child).

posted 13 June 2017

AISAES alumni cruised together from Seattle, Washington, to Alaska, 3-10 June 2017. Seven wonderful days on Holland America Cruise Line on the Majesty Ship, "Eurodam," exploring Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria (Canada).
More photos to come but here's a photo from Gala Night on the ship.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Left side from top:
Dave and Mary ('74) Flanagan Williamson
Ken and Florence Miller (friends)
Jose and Vicki ('78) Potts Cabrera

Right side from top:
Herb and Kym ('80) Dietchman Chereck
Miquel and Carla ('76) Atkinson
Brian ('69) and Jeanette Grimm

(Please click on photo for enlargement).

AIS/AES 2015 Reunion
10-12 July 2015

Mary Williamson at the 2015 Reunion

Click on this link: AIS/AES 2015 Reunion

posted 4 February 2015

I was at the Washington National Zoo yesterday afternoon when an ABC News
field reporter asked if I would comment how I felt about the zoo security proposal. This segment was aired on TV on 3 February 2015 on the 6 PM news. My comment starts at 1:08 minutes and is extremely brief! -Mary Williamson, Class of 1974

PS-My daughter recorded this news segment from her cell phone.

posted 13 September 2013

Mary Williamson at Retirement Ceremony
Mary Williamson was presented her second award, the Military Spouse Medal, at her husband's retirement ceremony on 13 September 2013 at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. (Official US Air Force Photo)

I've shared with my classmates my journey as an Air Force spouse for 31 years and thought it only fitting to also share this particular milestone. Today (13 SEPT 2013) was my husband's retirement ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was attended by our closest family and friends. He will officially retire on 1 NOV 2013 as a Command Chief Master Sergeant in our United States Air Force. So far, he is the only Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician from all four branches of our military to make it as a Command Chief and at a Major Command level. I'm so proud of my husband's 31 years of outstanding service.

In this photo, I was just presented my second award, the Military Spouse Medal, by the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (left) for my contributions and service to the Air Force over the years.

As an EOD spouse, I led an explosive life! "EOD...FIRE IN THE HOLE!"

View retirement photos, which include AIS/AES Alumni in attendance

Ramstein Air Base, Germany

27 September 2012

This award was presented to me as a surprise at the USAFE Command Chief Farewell Dinner that the Commander hosted for my husband and me at a restaurant inside a big, beautiful castle in Ramstein.

Please click on images to view them enlarged.
commanderawardcertificate ribbon

commandersglassaward close-up of medal

Citation to Accompany Commander's Public Service Award
Narrative Justification to the Commander's Public Service Award

posted August 2012


The Williamsons are moving on! It's already been two years in Germany, and our commander just transferred out. We were unsure where we would "lollygag" for our final six months in the Air Force -- when my husband reaches 30 years of service (the maximum time the Air Force will allow one to serve). He was given a special extension on his high-year tenure to take a one-year special-duty assignment to the Pentagon as "Chief of Air Force Resiliency Operations." He will help head that team, and this will give us an opportunity to get settled stateside before he retires. His retirement date has been extended to 1 NOV 2013! All is good, and we are happy to continue serving one more year. We are also looking forward to our first experience living in the Washington, DC area. We will miss our United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Family...thanks to our airmen for their hard work and dedication to make our Command the best.

Although we do not have our official orders in hand yet, we are scheduled to leave Germany 30 September 2012. During this transition period, I can still be reached by email if you need to contact me! -Mary Williamson, Class of 1974

11 December 2011
Mary Williamson with Tom Cruise
Mary Williamson (Class of 1974), who is stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, poses with actor Tom Cruise on 11 December 2011 when he stopped through to visit the wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and to promote his new movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

17 June 2011

Mary Williamson with DWTS Pro Dancers at Ramstein AB, Germany - 17 June 2011 Pro Dancers Visit Ramstein
Air Base, Germany

AIS alumni Mary Williamson (second from left), currently stationed at Ramstein Air Base, is a big fan of the television show Dancing with the Stars, stands with Chelsie Hightower (left), a Latin ballroom dancer; Tristan McManus (second from right), an Irish ballroom dancer; and Peta Murgatroyd, a classical ballet dancer.

Photo taken on 17 June 2011 at the Ramstein Fitness Center
Kaiserslautern American Newspaper, 8 July 2011


Mary Williamson Mary Flanagan Williamson, Class of 1974
[email protected]

Mary joined the Board in 2005, having held the positions
of Recording Secretary and Vice President before becoming President on 30 January 2011. She attended AIS from 1971-1973, along with her younger sister. Prior to that, Mary and her family lived in Calcutta, India, where she and her sister attended the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) for four years.
Mary also has two older sisters who did not attend schools in India. Their mother worked for the US Department of State.

Although serving many years prior as her class secretary (as a way to locate and keep in touch with classmates), Mary was voted by her classmates at the AIS/AES 2005 Reunion to be the "official" Class of 1974 alumni secretary; and in 2007, she hosted their first-ever Class Reunion Weekend in Philadelphia. In 2008, Mary was one of the lead team members who took on the Yearbook project - turning AIS/AES yearbooks into electronic files for the website - and has continued this project singlehandedly since 2011. In 2009, she created and built all the online class rosters to date (1962-2019) while standing up the Alumni Class Secretaries Program. In 2013, she created the alumni association's Facebook page, which she continues to administrate, as well as being editor of our alumni website. Mary is credited for managing two major AIS/AES "All-School" Reunions (2010 and 2015) and several smaller reunions, as well as organizing numerous alumni and class dinners. In addition, Mary is the Director of the AIS-Calcutta Alumni Program, which she initiated in 2003 and has hosted two all-school reunions for them.

After serving 31 years in the military, living and traveling all over the world, Mary and her husband retired on 1 November 2013 from the US Air Force and have semi-settled in the Arlington, Virginia, area where they will reside until they permanently retire. They have four grown children.

(This page was updated May 2019)

13 February 2011

Mary Williamson

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was written by Corresponding Secretary, Suzanne Bakey Fricke
(Class of 1972) and was posted on our web site
home page on 13 February 2011. Mary was
unanimously voted President at the Board of
Directors meeting on 30 January 2011.)


Please help us welcome Mary Williamson, Class of 1974, as the new President of the AIS/AES Alumni Association. Mary officially joined our board in 2005.

Born in Hong Kong and adopted at age 3 to State Department parents, Mary has two older sisters who did not attend AIS/AES and a younger sister, Ellen, (’76) who did attend our school. She and her sisters were raised in Indonesia, Iran and India (both Calcutta and New Delhi).  At AIS New Delhi, Mary was active with cheerleading, basketball, swimming, horseback riding and the yearbook club.

Mary has three beautiful children (now young adults) and is married to David Williamson, the Command Chief Master Sergeant for U.S. Air Forces in Europe.  Mary and Dave recently moved from Hawaii to Germany, where she continues
supporting our military families throughout Europe.  Because of her husband's position, Mary's role is representing the military spouses and families, helping
to make sure their needs are being met.  She travels from base to base in
Europe to meet with military spouses and also leads a number of various organ-
izations and activities for our military families. She is constantly on the go!

In addition to being the AIS/AES 2010 Reunion Manager, Mary has made a number of significant contributions to the AIS/AES alumni community.  Most noteworthy were her campaign in 2007 to initiate the Class Secretaries Program and the online class rosters. Thanks to these efforts, we have been able to better reach out to our AIS/AES friends and to stay more up-to-date with address changes and life events. Mary also was very active in locating a number of “lost alumni.” 

When we told Mary we were going to publish a welcome message to her on our website, she asked that we extend her thanks to all the amazing class secretaries who have worked hard to push our communications to the alumni community. “The class secretaries are an important part of our leadership team.  Without their help, we wouldn’t have had the success at our all-classes-invited reunion that we did.”   She also wishes to again thank everyone who helped make the 2010 Reunion a success “It was really wonderful how our alumni came from all directions to pitch in for the reunion.  It just goes to show what we can do when we pull together as a team."

30 January 2011

Mary Williamson, Class of 1974 New Board President Mary Williamson (Class of 1974) talks to a little girl at a military base child development center, during a recent tour of Combat Support Wing bases in the United Kingdom. Mary's husband is the current United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Command Chief, and they are both a leadership team who represent the enlisted airmen and their families throughout Europe.

(Official US Air Force Photo taken on 26 January 2011)

February 2010

Mary Williamson and Mike Fink, 2010 THEN AND NOW

Mary Flanagan Williamson, Class of 1974, writes, "When I was on
a business trip to Singapore I looked up classmate Mike Fink (who currently lives there with his wife and teenage children); and we had a wonderful visit over lunch on 13 February 2010 in a Chinese restaurant.

I thought maybe it would be fun - even entertaining - to put our "THEN AND NOW" photos up on the web site."

10-17 March 2009

Mary Williamson

Mary Flanagan Williamson, Class of 1974, with her husband, Dave, at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, on 14 March 2009. Dave, a U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant, was on furlough from his current deployment in Iraq.

14 April 2008

Mary Williamson and Sunaina Suneja
Mary Flanagan Williamson, left, and Sunaina Suneja (Class of 1975) with the statue of author Phillis Wheatley
in Boston, Massachusetts, on 15 April 2008.

More from Sunaina.

16 July 2006

Mary Williamson Mary (Flanagan) Williamson, the reunion organizer, at the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) Reunion


I attended the American International School
of Calcutta (AISC) before attending AIS in New Delhi. AISC just had their first-ever Reunion Weekend, 14-16 July 2006, and it appeared to be successful!

Everyone met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and pretty much took over the downtown Historic District! We had our "Meet-N-Greet" reception on Friday night at the hotel, had our big Saturday night "AISC Family" dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant, and had our "So-Long, Farewell Brunch" on Sunday at the hotel. That time period in Calcutta, in the late 60's, is now a small sliver in our lives; but the turnout showed that it had a huge impact on all of us.

Barbara, Alan, Mary (l-r): Barbara McCabe, Alan Egler and Mary Flanagan Williamson attended AIS in Calcutta and New Delhi.

It was really fun to notice hardly any time had passed by us as we talked about AISC...Calcutta...India, in general... You could see everyone reconnecting while reminiscing. Alumni were pulling out old photos, yearbooks, and memorabilia; there was a lot of laughing; there were tons of photo flashing; and we even had several "class photo sessions!"

Along with myself being a student who attended both AISC and AIS-Delhi were Alan Egler ('74) and Barbara McCabe ('76). It was truly an amazing and fun experience.

Web Editor's Note: In addition to being the organizer of the AIS-Calcutta Reunion, Mary is class secretary for AIS-New Delhi Class of 1974. She has done a tremendous job getting biographies
from many of her New Delhi classmates, and also keeps a list of her classmates still needing to
be "found." Thank you, Mary! - TB

16 May 2006
Command Chief Master Sergeant David and Mary Williamson Mary (Flanagan) Williamson with her husband, Command Chief Master Sergeant David Williamson, on their wedding day, May 10, 2006. See their Marriage Announcement by email.

Big news from the Class of 1974!! I was married on Wednesday, 10 May 2006, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, to David Williamson in a small private ceremony amongst friends!! Dave is the 621 CRW Command Chief at McGuire AFB. We have been in New Jersey almost a year now. We will probably be here until summer 2007 or 2008 as Chief assignments are usually two years, but no longer than three. I will now go by the name MARY WILLIAMSON and will keep the same email address.

To flash back big time, I was in India for a total of six years…four years in Calcutta, two years in New Delhi. I was in New Delhi from 1971-73 and attended 10th and 11th grades at AIS. I did my senior year (and graduated!) in Washington, DC, and then spent a year in college in Indiana. I decided college was not for me and went to a voc-tech school for a year to train as a legal secretary.

My first marriage was in 1976 and ended in 1996. Twenty years! That marriage produced a son and two daughters. They are now young adults, one working and two in college. Their father moved to Oregon, where he was hired for his first civilian job after retiring from the US Air Force.

My biggest regret in life is not having joined the US Air Force myself. I always wanted to enlist but did not. I did the next closest thing and worked as a civilian for the Air Force for most of my adult years. However, since moving to New Jersey last summer (from Utah), I have not worked outside the home but intend to look for employment again soon. As mentioned earlier, Dave - who could retire from the Air Force anytime now but can max out for another seven years - is not sure how long we will be stationed in New Jersey.

I have enjoyed my role as class secretary for the past year for the Class of 1974 and am trying my best to keep us all connected!

I also stay active with our sister school, AIS-Calcutta, where I attended school four years prior to AIS-Delhi. Two years ago I created their alumni program and dubbed it "GoAISC". I still run the program single-handedly. This summer I am hosting and organizing the first-ever Calcutta reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For GoAISC and my AIS-Delhi classmates, I try to publish each an informal newsletter twice a month.

In addition, I am the director of a new program McGuire AFB has implemented to help aid spouses of deployed men and women, called "Hearts Apart." I like being a mentor and also lining up activities, field trips, and socials for these spouses.

I've enjoyed substitute-teaching aerobics classes as of lately. I've been asked to take up a class; but I'm not sure, after 12 years of teaching, that I want to commit to my own again. For now, I am content staying a substitute instructor!

Hard to believe this year most of us in the Class of 1974 will be reaching another milestone by turning 50 years old! But life for me is great now, and I have no complaints. I hope the same goes for you.

See also Mary and Dave's Marriage Announcement by email.


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