Merrill Scholar: Dr. David Garrett

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Dr. David Garrett, Nantes '65-'66

The graduate of Morehouse College and alumnus of our 1966 Nantes, France program fondly acknowledges his study abroad experience and Mr. Merrill’s mission. Dr. Garrett is retired from Delphi Corporation as Director of Materials Engineering and also worked for Ford Motor Company and Eastman Kodak. In his career, he was awarded three patents, co-authored a book chapter about plastic processing, and was elected three times to the Birmingham School Board in Michigan.

“Through the years, I had very distinct opportunities to reflect on my study abroad time and use my experience dealing with others of a different culture,” says Dr. Garrett.

He recalls a particular project working with French, German, Italian, and English people to comply Delphi’s automobile manufacturing with European environmental requirements. He furthers: “We scientists are not generally known for our ability to interact with very different people. [By studying abroad and thanks to Mr. Merrill], I learned skills and an appreciation for their importance.”

To Mr. Merrill, Dr. Garrett says, “You had the insight and vision to allow us the opportunity to grow into effective world citizens. Thank you for allowing me to share this great fortune.”