In 2001, the American International School of Lisbon added "Frank C. Carlucci" to its name, thus becoming CAISL. The initiative for this change came from the Ambassador of the USA at the time, Gerald McGowan, appointed by USA President Bill Clinton, and was supported by the Board of Trustees of the Fundação Escola Americana de Lisboa (the governing body of CAISL). The purpose was to honor both Ambassador Carlucci and the long years of friendship and mutual support between the USA and Portugal.
In advance of the 2001 Dedication Ceremony, students researched Ambassador Carlucci's career, especially his connection to Portugal. Two essays—one Elementary and one Secondary—were chosen for special recognition.
When the new facilities were inaugurated in June of 2011, Ambassador and Mrs. Carlucci were honored guests. CAISL 11th Grade Student, Duarte Reis, had the honor of introducing Ambassador Carlucci. In his introduction, he said:
Today, 8th of June of the year 2011, it is safe to say that Ambassador Carlucci was a beacon of inspiration to the Portuguese people during the crucial point after the 25 de Abril Revolution of 1974, when Portugal was on the verge of communism, Ambassador Carlucci's diplomatic force while Ambassador in Lisbon was a substantial factor, along with the willpower of the Portuguese people, in making my country, our country, a vital democracy today.
For that reason, I reiterate the Board of Trustees belief and say that 10 years later, that Ambassador Frank C. Carlucci was truly the American of most importance to the Portuguese nation in the 20th century. Hence, it is an honor for me to attend a school that has a name Carlucci on the doors and an even greater honor to present a replica to the plaque that is on the entrance of the school, and to introduce to all presents, Ambassador Frank C. Carlucci.
Ambassador Carlucci honored us with a keynote address that day. Below is a portion of his remarks:
With the determination in Lisbon of the Portuguese people, this small nation overthrew the fascist dictatorship, divested apart from the empire, went to the break of another deep dictatorship, and almost fought a civil war and withdrew and established a fully functioning democracy which is alive and well today.
Portugal set the pace for Spain which in turn set the pace for Latin America. Professor Huntington calls it the "second wave democracy" which was led by Portugal.
This required an enormous amount of wisdom and courage, qualities that are not lacking in the Portuguese character.
And in conclusion Ambassador Carlucci said:
It is a very humbling experience for me to have this fine institution bear my name; it is humbling experience that I must say I am very proud indeed and let me close by thanking you all for your support and God bless you all.
The video of these comments can be found here.
We are saddened by the loss of Ambassador Carlucci but grateful for the years of his support.