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December 18, 2017

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January 14, 2015
On Saturday January 17, it will be one year since Mr. Gooch's passing. We still remember him, and miss him. What am impact he had on so many of us, including me, for whom Vernon taught my 11th grade English class in 1964 in Ohio.
November 23, 2014
Thanks to everyone for their kind comments regarding my Uncle Vernon. We used to call him "Uncle Brother". I just became aware of this site and have really enjoyed reading them. Between he and his sister - my mother - plus my dad, I was reading at the college level by the 4th grade. He was a generous man with huge joie de vivre. I like to think I got some of that from him. While the world has suffered a loss at his passing, it's nice to know so many people are carrying forth his good work.
August 3, 2014
I just learned of the passing of my wonderful English teacher from James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville, OH. Mr. Gooch was the first teacher for me who really fired a love of English in me. He would present in the front of the class, then retire to the back of the class and offer a question and wait for one of us to reply, and if none did, he would look at us from back there and randomly call on someone. I swear I could feel his eyes upon me, and I never wanted to be found wanting if I received his call.

I'm so sorry for the loss of this gentleman. Reading these entries, I realize that I barely knew him as a person, yet he taught me so much. I wish I had known him better.

My heart-felt condolences and sympathy to all those who knew him better, loved him, and were touched by him as I was.
July 16, 2014
While driving from Charlottesville to Richmond, Virginia in 2005, we drove through Goochland. I said to my husband, "This is it," the answer to the riddle of Mr. Gooch. They named this Virginia town after his family and he was the kindest, gentlest Southern gentleman I ever met. I was always sure that he was a Southern gentleman, but what I couldn't get even at 17, was why such a classy person would want to spend time with us in Garrettsville. It never crossed my mind that he could have been born in Ravenna, Ohio. But he ended up just where I always thought he was from. And weren't those people the lucky ones. And weren't we lucky too.
Miss Terlaak
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