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George Cadwalader

George Cadwalader was in Viet Nam when a land mine ended his tour of duty there in 1965. Five years later, a major, he left the Marines to work as an administrator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In 1973 he founded the Penikese Island School. He lives in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, with his wife, Yara.

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    Castaways

    The Penikese Island Experiment

    Cadwalader, a Marine captain severely wounded in Viet Nam, recuperates but is unable to return to combat. Strongly influenced by his experience in the Marines, he recruits a small band of unlikely "teachers"--well-educated social drop-outs--and launches an experiment in the rehabilitation of hard-core juvenile delinquents. The site he selects is Penikese, a remote island off the Massachusetts coast. Once a leper colony, Penikese is slowly transformed by the students and staff into a self-sufficient school community.

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