Horace Gibson co-founded the International School of Florence, one of the oldest international schools in Europe. In recognition of his work, he received the European Council of International Schools Award for the Promotion of International Education. Now retired from the school’s board of directors, he still lives in Florence and is a leading and active member of the English-speaking community. He has long been associated with St. James American Church, for which he is an avid fund-raiser, and has received the Bishop’s Award for Outstanding Service. In 1998, at a ceremony in Palazzo Vecchio, he was presented with the Tuscan-American Award. He recently spoke with The Florentine’s Helen Glave.