WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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And for 36 years, he was the conscience and soul of Wellesley High. "I look upon teaching as a mission in life," he said. "I can't imagine anything more enjoyable, and the joy has never left me. I can't wait to get up in the morning to start. I love teaching, I feel almost messianic about it." It was clear that teaching was his calling— we were his calling. He was part Plato, part Lear, part Buddha, part Dumbledore. When I think of him, I recall a line from A Man for All Seasons which, of course, we first studied in room 206. In the play, Sir Thomas More is asked, "If I am a great teacher, who will know?" More replies: "You. Your students. God. Not a bad audience, that." His was a devout audience. We simply and uncritically adored this gracious gentleman of humility, elegant dignity, and compassion. We loved his humor, how he savored a witti- cism, throwing back his head and letting escape a single discreet whoop of laughter. We were fondly amused by moments when his eyes would open wide with almost child- like astonishment when he delighted in dis- covering something new. And we worried about him, especially after he had to turn that legendary self-disci- pline (he rose at dawn every morning for a five-mile walk) to fighting back from three heart attacks. He was a proud man, but we knew he could be frail. So many worried about him that once when he became ill at school and was taken to the hospital by 91 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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