Mr. Mullen was an amazing man, and the first elementary principal I had the pleasure of working with when I began teaching strings at Birchwood Elementary four decades ago. As I recall, the school was bursting at the seams, and our music class was assigned to use the boy's locker room, just off the gym, as our instructional area. The deafening sound generated by the kids and their instruments in that highly resonant area was akin to having the WSO perform in a large bathtub. So, Roger Mullen came to the rescue, and the two of us spent a weekend gluing egg carton squares onto the walls and ceiling to absorb the sound, similar to the radio studio on "Hee Haw." Roger was always there to help us teachers and was a big advocate of building the self esteem of his students through having them pursue goals at which he knew they could succeed. Not too many years ago, I drove by Mr. Mullen’s house and saw him splitting wood for his fireplace; he kept himself in good physical shape. Even more recently, I was able to visit with him at Birchwood when the school was celebrating a special anniversary. Roger Mullen left a wonderful legacy that will live on in the hearts of all who had the honor and the pleasure of knowing him.