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LAS Founder, Sigrid Ott, celebrates her 100th birthday!

Posted by Brittany Howes on 13/09/16 15:00

Born in Upham, North Dakota in 1916, Sigrid Ott grew up on the family farm speaking Icelandic as well as English. While enrolled at the University of North Dakota, she met her future husband Fred Ott, whom she married after graduating with a degree in sociology in 1938.



With their two children, Sigrid moved to Germany in 1947 in order to join Fred, who was a member of the U.S. Army stationed in Germany.


Sigrid founded the International Ranger Camps as a summer program for American children, which she directed from 1949 to 1980.


With her husband, she founded the Leysin American School in 1960 and served on its board of trustees from 1960 to 1982. Below is an early photo of the Savoy Sanatorium which was eventually used as the original Leysin American School building. 


In recognition of their contributions to the school and the town, Sigrid and Fred were made honorary citizens of Leysin in 2007. 


Happy birthday Mrs. Ott! 



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