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Dr. Connie Buford, A Tribute

April 14, 1944 - January 5, 2022


The international school community is mourning the death of Dr Connie Buford, who passed away January 5 from complications related to leukemia. We at NESA are very saddened by this loss and extend our deepest sympathy to Connie's family.

Connie was a longtime 'Friend of NESA' who frequently attended and presented at NESA conferences, especially during her tenure as Executive Director of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), 1990-1999.

She was beautiful, whip-smart, and always exuded positive energy and 'light'. And you could hear her and her Southern accent coming a mile away!

One favorite memory we have of Connie is after her time at AISA, she taught a course in Athens and came to visit us at the NESA Center. We knew she’d arrived when this amazing Southern voice shouted, “Honey, I’m home!!"

She was a very special person. We will never forget her smile, laughter and warmth. Her legacy is characterized by an embrace of life, a kindness, a beauty inside and out. She was a gem.


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