July 13, 2011
Six teachers with looooong histories at Division Avenue High
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Although it is not for everyone, I find Facebook to be a useful tool. I use it to keep in touch with friends, spread the word about my blog and to search for interesting items.
About three months ago, but who's counting, I stumbled upon photos posted by Larry Loewy, a 1975 graduate of Division Avenue High School. Despite the fact that Larry is 15 years younger than I, we share a big interest in our old hometown and school. He has done a fabulous job, I am told, of keeping his class united.
Among his many photos are scans of just about every page of the 1975 yearbook. Not expecting to find much of interest but curious anyway, I went through every photo. And voila! There are nearly 20 pictures of teachers and one school nurse who I remembered. In addition, two of my classmates, Dewain Lanfear and Jack Ellerkamp, were teachers in 1975.
Upon my request, Larry emailed copies of every picture that I found of interest. Many have been used in our blog in recent months of such familiar teachers are Mr. Peyton, Mr. Fricke, Mr. Lasker, Mr. Amen, Mr. Jewell, Mr. Kalinowski, Mr. Reggio, Mr. Aiello, Mrs. Drumm, Mrs. Lyons, Mrs. Sileo and school nurse Ettenson.
About a dozen of Loewy's 1975 photos have not been used so today we present six of them:
* Mr. Lawrence Lasker. An all-time favorite DAHS teacher. The response to our posting of his obituary on February 26 received a record outpouring of comments. For example, Jay Barabash '63 wrote, "He was truly an inspiration and a profoundly positive influence." Check the blog archives on the right of this page to find his obit and the comments of students posted below the story.
* Mr. Armand Tarantelli who is still going strong and is an avid reader of our blog. Like Mr. Lasker, Mr. T was a favorite of DAHS students for decades.
* Mr. Louis Des Roches. I have no memory of him, except his name and face.
* Mr. Mortimer Siegal. Some of my rowdy friends thought his name, Morty, was funny. At times, he was taunted from afar in a crowded hallway, with the high-pitched cry of "Morty".
* Mr. Robert Graham. A respected teacher.
* Mr. Peter Lampasona. In the late 1950s, he taught what was listed as "Special Class" in the 1960 yearbook. His students were often referred to as "retarded" or "retards", usually not out of malice. We just didn't have the sensitive terms that have evolved over the years. I wish I knew more about Mr. Lampasona to share with blog readers.