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September 10, 2008
Father Bennett taught me one of the most valuable lessons I've ever learned, and he did it in his patented, terrifying style. I got a 15% (!!) on my first exam in his freshman American History course and I was in shock, because I knew most of the answers. He would dictate the exam questions with exact details on how to write out the questions on our paper - where to write the number of the question, where to write the question itself, where to write the answer. Even though I got the answers right, I didn't write them out in the specified way and he took points off for it. No teacher had ever been so 'unfair' to me before. I went to his room to ask him about it and he told me "not to come crying to him" (or something equally pleasant) and told me that following directions is as important as knowing the answers.
20 years later, I keep that lesson in mind every day. Paying attention to the "simple" details in your daily life will take you as far, if not farther than any of the grand lessons you learn.
That lesson sums up Father Bennett, and it sums up the value of a St. Charles education. I'm trying to teach that same lesson to my young children now. I'm sad that they won't ever get to meet Father Bennett (or Monsignor Gallen) but I'm happy to know that their work on my behalf will have an impact on their lives.
John Vaughn, MD (Class of 89)
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