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English Girls College in Alexandria, Egypt
The acronym E.G.C. used to stand for English Girls College, which is in Alexandria, Egypt. The following pages discuss the origin and history of EGC, and a few facts on it.
Over the past few weeks, I reconnected with people I have not seen in many decades from EGC. I had a chat with Patrizia Amante (Grand Kayman), Karim Abdel Hadi (Alexandria), Gianpiero Gelato (Italy), Samar Mamoun (Germany), Nayera Mokhless (Kuwait), Zeinab (Yeldez) Murad (Alexandria), and Mohamed Tawfik Elgayar (New York).
This is the part that impressed me when I was chatting with Gianpiero:
Khalid: Do you still speak Arabic, or forgot it?
Ann Khalafallah was the headmistress of E.G.C. from 1959 to 1982.
This is an article about her by her daughter, Nawal and her son, Kamal, in the Alex Med publication of the Library of Alexandria, .
Read it at issue 24, Feb-Apr 2009, pages 14 to 16.
There is a an EGC school reunion for class of 1977, 1978, and 1979, boys and girls.
It is on Friday January 8th 2010, 5:00 pm at the Alexandria Sporting Club's Club House.
Please tell others from the same year.
I received the following message from Celia Male, addressed to "Dear EGC girls, where-ever you may be", and is about "English Girls' College, Alexandria - Dinner, March 2009".
The photos are on Flickr in this set: EGC Paris Dinner, March 2009.
There are many notes on the pictures. Be sure to check them.
This is a photo of Abdel Aziz Salem (known as Zizo in school). Aziz has been living in Dubai, UAE since 1990, working as an investment banker.
Zizo and Magdy El Rayes were inseparable in El Nasereya High School. They even developed their own peculiar "lingo" and imitation of teachers: Abshihi for Arabic, and the science guy (forgot his name, used to write poetry) when he was gesturing with his hand on how fish swim.
This is a picture from a reunion of some EGC boys who left in 1975.
Left to right: Mahmoud El Gamal, me, Hani El Menoufi, Abdel Hamid Kassem (non-EGC), Ehab El Habbak, Amr El Souefi, Akram El Nakeeb.
I heard that Dina, the Egyptian belly dancer, has also attended the E.G.C.
Yassin Mansour is head of the Mansour group and and Mansour and Maghrabi Investment Company, among others. His group owns several large businesses including automotive (Chevrolet), fast food (McDonalds), banking (Credit Agricole), and others.Yassin and myself were in the same grade and classmates in 2nd preparatory.
Queen Sophia of Spain, daughter of the Greek King Paul attended the E.G.C. She later married the future Spanish monarch, King Juan Carlos.
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