Wheat Ridge High School Farmers Class of 1963


 
In Memoriam for Our Teachers
 
Remembering those who have passed on.

  Don Cooper

2010


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  Harold Crimmins

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I was a history genius so I loved this class. Seriously, I was good in history and enjoyed it immensely. It was the last class of the day and on warm days, kind of hard to stay awake sometimes. Driver's ed. was the prededing class and we all loved it when we'd get back late from driving practice. We all felt so privileged.
Still, history was one of my favorite subjects.
. . . Leslie.Seeley

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  Charles Ellis
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  Virginia Garland

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Virginia Garland will never be forgotten. She was one of a kind. To this day I occasionally think of her when I am writing. Although I never told her how much I appreciated her, it is because of her excellent teaching style that I am able to write and edit professionally. God bless her for all her hard work.
. . . Jo.Singley

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  Mary Hunter
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  Helen Knudtson

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Latin. Latin Club! Slave Auctions. Jelly bean sales and rolling them with your nose over the school seal. Grammer, Grammer, Grammer! Initiations! Mrs. Knudtson made the "dead language" live and forced us to actually enjoy it (Did we actually invent the toga party?). I remember the piano stool type desk chair she had. At least once a year, some prankster would screw the thing down so when Mrs Knudson sat her chin was at desk level. In retrospect, I think she was well aware but played along for laughs. She looked like "Aunt Bea" but had a wicked sense of humor. "Memoria in aeterna!" Mrs Knudtson.
. . . Dennis SaBell

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  Mary Ann Lynen
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  Charles Manis
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  John L. McWilliams
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  Charles Melvin
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  Harvey Moore

August 4, 2012


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  Harry Narcisian

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Algebra was NOT my thing. Math wasn't, but science was. Anyway, I have never forgotten Mr Narcisian "getting" to drive the dump truck to school some times. I think we really razzed him a lot in our class. The dump truck is my great algebraic memory.
. . . Leslie.Seeley

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  Eunice Newnam

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My favorite teacher, and a REAL teacher. She'd always stop the class and discuss something besides French if she thought we'd benefit from it-she really seemed to care about the students. And we learned and had fun in French class. French was never the same after she left to go to France for a while.
. . . Leslie.Seeley

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  Elmer Powell

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Just like with Algebra, geometry was NOT my thing. After being in regular geometry class for several weeks I was changed into a Plain Geometry class and was very angry. I had to change my entire schedule, including some teachers I was very happy with. Anyway, for those of us in our little group who were not math geniuses, Mr Powell was very patient with us and really tried to help us understand plain geometry. I finally caught on and really had a good comprehension by the time I graduated from college. Sort of.
. . . Leslie.Seeley


(PS--sorry-I was tired. I meant PLANE geometry.)
. . . Leslie.Seeley

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  Bill Proctor
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  John Roberts

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Mr. Roberts was the best! He's one of the reasons I majored in History. I still remember my first class with him. He was trying to describe how a caveman would view our world (in other words, how history affects our viewpoint.) He talked about how a one-way street sign might mean "shoot an arrow that way." And he picked up a pen and said that it might have been called a "skleebop." SKLEEBOP! His passion totally won me over and I have remembered that word all my life. How lucky we were to have him teaching us. I"m sorry he has died; I never told him how wonderful his teaching was.
. . . Terri Lewis

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  Donna Tschappat
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  Larry Wallace

July 14, 2012


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  Joe Weatherbee

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Denver Post newspaper article, Thursday, February 19, 2009:

(Quoted from a story submitted by Anton Delgado, director of marketing for The Jefferson Foundation.)
"Wheat Ridge High art teacher passes away"
Vernon H. "Joe" Wetherbee, age 88, formerly of Arvada, passed away Jan. 8 in Waupaca, Wis.
Joe graduated from Waupaca High School in 1939. He served as top turret gunner on a B25 during World War II. On discharge, he entered the School of the Art-Institute of Chicago, graduating with a bachelor's degree in art education.
Joe continued his studies at the University of Denver obtaining a master's of arts degree.
He established the first fine art department at Wheat Ridge High School in 1950. Joe taught there for 33 years before retiring in 1983.
Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty, family members and friends.
Those wishing to contribute to a memorial in Joe's name may do so by sending donations to The Jefferson Foundation, 809 Quail St., Lakewood, CO 80215.
Your donation should specify that it be applied to the Art and Music for All Fund or the JCRSEA Scholarship Fund."
. . . Jerri Bracket

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  Blair Work

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I did NOT have Mr Work for boys PE. I had him for biology. It was in his class that Harvey Neely passed out when we drew blood. Anyway, I loved science and this class was no exception. I always appreciated the sensitivity Mr Work demonstrated when dealing with the sensitive issues of creationism vs. evolution. He handled it most diplomatically.
. . . Leslie.Seeley

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