Dr. Guy Lott Jr.
August 29, 1928 – June 19, 2020
GUY LOTT, JR. 1928 – 2020
Guy Lott, Jr. passed away on June 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. He is survived by his son Karl Lott, his sister Helen Wanke, and his brother Frank Lott.
Guy lived a life devoted to education and world travel. He was born in West Virginia, to a family of 12 brothers and sisters. His family moved to New Jersey where he attended William Paterson College, before he decided to pursue a life in international education.
In 1953, he boarded a ship and traveled to India, to take up a teaching position in Woodstock School which is located in the Himalayan Mountains in India. It was in India where he met his wife, Mae Elizabeth Wiggins, who had traveled to India from her hometown of Pensacola, Florida to work in an orphanage in a neighboring village in the Himalayan Mountains. After what can only be imagined as an exotic romance, they were married and had two sons, Stephen and Karl, and as a family, they set out to see as much of the world as possible.
After living in India for ten years, the family moved to a number of countries in Asia – Pakistan, Kuwait, two different cities in Japan, and Taiwan, where Guy served as the headmaster of the local American schools and Mae worked as a teacher. In each place, Guy devoted himself to improving the American school, often building new campuses, and always impressing upon the community the importance of educational excellence and the value of arts and music. After Taipei, Guy and Mae switched continents and moved to Africa, living in Egypt and Kenya, before retiring in Mae’s hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
In all the places where they lived, it was Guy’s life work to support and mentor teachers and administrators, and to leave each place a better place than when he arrived. He lived a life full of adventure, wonder and love, and after 91 years, the time has now come for Guy to rest next to Mae.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Dr. Guy Lott Jr.
July 11, 2020
Guy Lott was my American Lit teacher in high school at Woodstock. He was one of the finest teachers I ever had. He was strict but demanded your best. He knew his subject so well that he was able to excite us and make American literature come alive. I can still see his face, feel his passion and enthusiasm, and remember what he taught us today. That was 60 years ago.
July 7, 2020
On behalf of the Woodstock School community, I wish to share our condolences to the Lott Family. Dr. Lott was a true international educator and as a community we were blessed to have him on staff for many years, and have heard so many stories of his incredible impact and influence for the good on our students. Our prayers are with the family at this time. Dr. Craig Cook, Principal, Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India.
July 3, 2020
Guy Lott was my teacher at Woodstock School, India in 1954 and 1955. This was his first teaching job and he had taught for just one year when I had him. I have had many good teachers but 66 years later he is still the best teacher I've ever had. He tried to teach me good handwriting and failed, but he instilled in me a love of poetry that has never left me. Most importantly, though, he made each of his students feel that he cared deeply about our success in school. I was able to write him a thank you note some 20 years ago. I was careful to type it! He replied in his perfect handwriting. I am so grateful for having had him as a teacher.
June 25, 2020
My sympathies are with you, Karl, and the rest of the family. I will always remember Guy as the best boss I ever had. He managed to combine scholarship, vision, empathy and a delightful sense of humor to make us all better educators. I know there were times when I tried his patience, but he always affirmed the commitment and values we shared, even when saying, "No." There is no doubt that he left an indelible imprint on thousands of students and teachers. We should all hope for the same.
May your sadness be tempered with good memories and laughter.
CA Social Studies 1977-80
June 24, 2020
Taipei American School and I owe Dr. Guy Lott a debt of gratitude. Without his help and support, Taipei American School’s Fine and Performing Arts may not have blossomed into what a fantastic thing it is today. He is the main reason that I am still teaching music today. Without his support for music and the arts, I don’t know if I would have continued to teach. However, even more important to TAS was what a great person Dr. Lott was.
We first met Dr. Lott at a job fair in Bangkok in January of 1985. Even though there were no jobs available at TAS at that time, my wife and I had an enjoyable, long interview (really a conversation) with him. Next year, when a job did open up, I called him long distance from Saudi Arabia. He remembered us immediately and set up an interview with him in New York. At the interview, the whole time with him was about how he wanted to build a strong fine and performing arts program. Wow! I never had that conversation with any superintendent before.
There are many other examples of what a great person Dr. Lott was. However, the one I remember the best was when he came to my wife Dianne’s parents’ house for dinner in Cleveland. This was the summer before TAS moved from the Shih Lin campus to Tien Mou. Dr. Lott was there interviewing people at the summer TORC conference (pre-Search Associates). Knowing he would be in Cleveland that summer we invited him to join us all for dinner. He never hesitated. What a wonderful evening of talking with him. I am so glad that we had the opportunity to connect with him.
In closing, I cannot express enough my deep appreciation for Dr. Lott and his love of music and the arts. Thanks to him TAS and I are able to keep music in our hearts.
John D. Salminen
High School Music
Saigon South International School
(Taipei American School: 1986 to 1996)
June 23, 2020
In addition to his remarkable educational successes, Guy will be remembered for his contagious smile, and his indomitable spirit manifest quite clearly when directing flood damage operations still dressed in his signature business suit!
June 22, 2020
For two other U of IA coeds and me, the American School of Kuwait provided our first professional teaching experiences. In February of 1971, Superintendent Guy Lott had arrived at the "U" without the Placement Office knowing he was coming. Somehow he arrived before his advance notice, and we three just happened to be available to interview. It was a freezing cold, blizzard-y day in Iowa; and we had mere hours to make our final decisions and say “YES!” to Kuwait! Because of that one encounter, involving Guy Lott, each of our lives changed forever. It's hard to believe we were ever so young and so brave, but Guy is credited with inspiring and challenging us to pursue lives of adventure and service. Saddened by Guy's passing, I am grateful our paths crossed; and I offer sincere condolences to Guy's family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.
June 22, 2020
John and I remember when we interviewed for jobs at TAS. We were in New York and we had come from Saudi Arabia with our son who was less than a year. My parents came to New York to help watch our son while we interviewed. Afterwards, Guy took all of us, including my parents out for lunch. It was very generous and very kind. On another recruiting trip, he had dinner at my parents. It showed how easily he made close relationships. Our condolences.
June 22, 2020
Roslyn and I and our children Paul and Rachael spent three wonderful years, from 1989-92, at Taipei American School. We send our deepest condolences to the family of Mae and Guy Lott, remembering particularly how Guy knew all the names of all TAS staff and children and took time to talk to us when we met on campus, no matter how busy he was.
June 22, 2020
Guy Lott had the most impact on my 35 year career as an international educator. When he hired me as an English teacher and dept head in 1982 at Taipei American School, he
realized I understood K-12 student development. Soon he created a position for me as K-12 Curriculum Coordinator, one of the first in the international school world. Also as Chair of EARCOS ( Asian international Schools), Guy supported me as Director of the East Asia Writing Project, for 15 years, training hundreds of teachers. I continued, as a Curriculum Coordinator of 7 international schools and Writing Trainer of teachers around the international school world, thanks to Guy Lott.