Skip Wise ‘89

When he was 15, Charles V. “Skip” Wise and his family lived in Iran, where his father worked for an AT&T subsidiary—and unrest against the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi grew daily. While on a family trip to Thailand, their resident visas were voided and Iran closed its airports. “They didn’t want us back, and we didn’t try,” Wise said. From temporary quarters in Greece they watched the situation deteriorate. They returned to the United States just months before radical students took hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran in November 1979.