|I read with sadness of the death of
(obituary, April 5), who was my art teacher at Hope High
Replacing an ill teacher, he was a most
remarkable substitute. He taught us to see art as a creative
experience that was open to all of us. Rather than lose this
man, the school hired him as a second art teacher. He opened
doors and unleashed our minds, making us feel the importance
As a teacher, I appreciate the gift he gave
us, and carry his spirit in my heart. He taught me to respect
students, nurture their creative souls and listen to what they
say. I would like to think that this was a gift I have passed
on to others.
The writer is professor of English at College of
DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Ill.