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George Lappas ’73

In 2016, in Athens, Greece.

A Greek citizen born in Cairo, George studied psychology at Reed and wrote his thesis, “The Social Immobilization of Chronic Mental Patients,” with Prof. Bill Wiest [psychology 1961–95]. Much later in life he said, “My enthusiasm for Reed never abated.” For a while after graduating he worked in state mental hospitals in Salem, Oregon, and in California. He became fascinated with Indian sculpture, and in 1974 went to India to study architecture and sculpture on a Watson Fellowship.

Continuing his sculpture career, he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He worked in Great Britain and France, and was a guest artist at the Cartier Foundation in Paris. George was a professor of sculpture and president at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1992 and traveled and worked in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. His works are included in many important international private and public collections.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2020

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