June 9, 2011

Do you remember Harold Fricke and Leila Ettenson? They were at Division Avenue High School for decades.

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Approximately 18 Division Avenue High School faculty and staff members from the late 1950s and early 1960s were still working at the school in 1975. Larry Loewy, class of 1975, provided photos of the DAHS old timers that appeared in the 1975 yearbook. We've included shots from the 1960 yearbook. This is the sixth installment of "Do you remember . . .?

Mr. Fricke was a popular art teacher who encouraged and influenced numerous students. The school nurse, Mrs. Ettenson seemed to always be there when one of us had a health crisis.

A previous blog story by Tom Paturzo Baker, class of 1960, was a tribute to Mr. Fricke. The headline read "Thank you Mr. Fricke for helping to mold my development". It can be found in our blog archives under the heading "Harold Fricke". It was posted on March 14. Tom wrote, "His class was a form of emotional therapy; he influenced my appreciation for the finer things in life. More importantly, he helped me understand myself."

A person identified only as Susan commented, "I knew the man later on in his life and he was wonderful. He loved his children and found tremendous joy in his grandchildren. And they learned from him everyday."

1 comment:

Marilyn Monsrud Frese said...

Ah- Mr. Fricke! One of my favorite teachers. He allowed free expression in all art forms. I enrolled at Hofstra to become an art teacher due to his encouragement. A lovely soul. Gentle and kind.