South Country Education Foundation

Alumni Focus – Rebecca C.

Rebecca C. graduated from Bellport High School in 1970. Classmates and teachers will probably best remember Rebecca for spending every free minute of her high school years in the art studio. They may also recall that Rebecca was the illustrator for the BHS literary magazine, Acorns, the cartoonist for the school newspaper, The Clipper, and art editor of the 1970 yearbook, The Log. She is also an accomplished wildlife illustrator, inspired by the late Dennis Puleston, a Brookhaven neighbor in the early 70’s.

Old habits die hard, and for many years, Rebecca continued a career in the graphic arts, working first in Boston, then New York, and then in Hong Kong where she ran her own fashion design business.

After obtaining a Fine Arts Degree, Rebecca held a variety of jobs in Boston from greeting card design to producing the Boston Symphony Orchestra Programs, a 48-page weekly magazine. After moving to New York, she joined the world’s largest public relations firm, where she was Vice President of their corporate design group for more than a decade. Rebecca later moved to a global management consulting firm where she was the Manager of Worldwide Creative Services for several years. In 1997, she was transferred to the firm’s Hong Kong office, and named Director of Communications for Asia.

After a year in this position, Rebecca and her husband visited the Great Wall in Beijing where Rebecca fell and broke her leg. She was carried off the Wall on a stretcher by four People’s Liberation Army guards, to the delight of hundreds of Chinese tourists who snapped photos of the ordeal. During her six-month recovery, Rebecca created her exclusive women’s fashion accessory, an adjustable silk cummerbund-style belt which she sold at gift and trade shows in Asia.

During her six years living in Hong Kong, Rebecca visited Vietnam, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Mainland China, Singapore, Turkey, Morocco, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, India and Australia. On these trips she purchased colorful indigenous silks to make her belts.

Upon returning to the U.S., Rebecca had continued her design pursuits with the support of her second husband and the assistance of two extremely artistic Yorkie dogs.