George Foundotos was almost an alum of Dowling College. He began by taking night courses in accounting at Adelphi Suffolk College in Sayville in 1962. He was there for the move to Oakdale at the beginning of 1963 but then parted ways with the school, heading back to Adelphi to take upper level accounting courses. He went on to become a CPA and serve as the comptroller of the town of Islip.
He did, however, become Dowling’s first full time business faculty member in 1970. In this interview, excerpted from a longer oral history archived at the Dowling Library, George relates why he came back, what life was like back in those early days, and some of his experiences teaching over 4,000 students. He also tells us why we’ve been documenting the wrong anniversary all along.