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October 05, 2009
Dr. David was a rare messenger. His perfection was a light to everyone's perfection. I am thankful for his energy and will miss our brief encounters. I feel blessed for he's woven into my family blanket.
Hugs to John and David and Kassy.
October 03, 2009
I was fortunate as a young teacher to work with Dave during his years as principal at Thurston. He was so generous with his encouragement and set a wonderful tone for the whole school. After 40 years in the classroom and several years of retirement, I still remember that time with great fondness. My condolences to all his family.
October 03, 2009
David and Kassy was so sorry to hear the sad news. I only spent a small amount of time with your dad but his kindness and warmth shone thorugh instantly. He was a lovely man and a plasure to know.
October 03, 2009
Dr. Aberdeen, who was my principal when I attended Burns Park School in the 1970s, directly helped me as late as my senior year in high school in 1985-86. When I was a senior in high school, at Ann Arbor Pioneer, I brought a beer to school and it was discovered by school administrators in a room I studied in. My class administrator, Mr. Holloway, asked me whether it was mine, and I said yes. A few days later, Mr. Holloway told me to report to my elementary school principal, Dr. David Aberdeen at Burns Park School, who would decide my fate. I reported to Aberdeen's office. (I hoped that Aberdeen didn't recall having to meet with me on more than one occasion during my sixth grade!) Aberdeen seemed genuinely pleased to see me, despite the circumstances. He said that my consequence was to see Mrs. Mauerdeff on the first floor, that she could use my help, and that I should help her one day a week for six weeks. I reported to Mrs. Mauerdeff, who greeted me warmly. She introduced me to a cute little guy, a Nigerian boy, who had difficulty with English. My consequence, my assignment, my privilege, was to spend an hour with this boy each week in an adjacent room talking over some lesson that enabled us to converse.
Today I’m a university teacher. Dr. Aberdeen treated me with rehabilitative rather than punitive intent, and I was the better for it (and hopefully that sweet boy got something out of it too). If adolescents "busted" in schools elsewhere, especially those from socioeconomically difficult circumstances, were treated as I was by Dr. Aberdeen, Mr. Holloway, and Mrs. Mauerdeff, perhaps our nation’s jails and homeless shelters would be a little less crowded.
Thank you Dr. Aberdeen!
October 02, 2009
Dave Aberdeen helped our daughter's fifth grade class at Burns Park prepare for her return to school during chemotherapy. He pointed out that the kids loved him even though he was bald and that they'd love Deborah with hair or without. He was so kind and wise and helped our family during a very difficult time. We have always been grateful to him.
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