Dr. Mehler was my choir teacher from my time in 8th grade at Adams Jr. High (now Middle School) on through my graduation from Wayne Memorial High School in 1997. I was an awkward teen and he was always willing to be more than just a teacher, but a strong source of compassion for those who were in need of someone who would listen. As I read many comments from former students through various online locations, it appears that my experience was not unique. Although I had not seen him in years as I have moved far from the area, I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. The students there have lost a very special teacher and friend.