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Michael John Kirk 1924 - 2013

Michael John Kirk

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December 20, 2014
Mike and I go back to the 40's at UCLA.
we hadn't spoken for a year or two and when I googled to find him, the obit came down like the preverbial ton of bricks. It's a cold wind blowing. Who else could drive one to distraction as well as he could?
October 08, 2013
My parents Jess and Lorraine Parks met Mike in Juneau in 1955, when the moved there from California. My dad taught at the same school that Mike did and my mom worked in a hospital there. They only lived in Juneau for two years but they had lots of fun times with Mike. I remember him coming to visit us in California over the years and he was always so fun and interesting to talk to. We will miss him so much.
October 07, 2013
I have good memories of Mr. Kirk both in HS and seeing ..hearing him first then seeing him down town. Mike came to my brothers funeral a few years ago at the Chapel By the Lake...a stand up person..."Damned few Left"
September 21, 2013
Rest in Peace, Mike
Our family knew
Mike in Berkeley, California. He babysat for myself and my sister around 1948-1950+. He and my father, also a student at Cal Berkeley, had many long conversations about mathematics, physics, building electronic and mechanical gadgets, pacificism, civil rights,and Quakerism. He attended Berkeley's Quaker meeting occasionally. My 95 year old mother, Jennivieve Westwick, who lives with us now in hospice care, remembers Mike fondly.
Mike's brother was in Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp with my mother's brother, Jack Tootell.
We have kept up with Mike through the years sporadically through the mail and telephone, and always enjoyed his connection to our family's California past. My parents also left California for Alaska, settling in Fairbanks from 1968-1992, when they came to live here on our New Hampshire farm. We always enjoyed thinking of Mike there in Juneau,where we lived from 1969-1970, and will continue to remember him fondly there in his Juneau community.
September 11, 2013
When I had mr. Kirk in class we had to listen to radio KIRK and nothing else.
September 08, 2013
Rest in Peace Mr. Kirk and I always left a School Board Agenda on the counter with your name on it and enjoyed your most valued opinions you will be missed.
September 08, 2013
I remember Mr Kirk very fondly. When I was first in 7th grade he had saved me from the doldrums of a remedial math class that I had wrongly been placed in and did not belong in, as I would do all the days in class work and the home work during class, after 2 weeks I was pulled and given a math placement test and given over to Mr. Kirk. He said "You have some choices to decide upon Mr Johnson, you can go directly into Algebra I, and be with the older high school students, who will probably give you a hard time about being a brainiac because I would be the only one of my age in that class, or I can place you with students more your own age in Pre-Algebra, I will leave the choice up to you Mr. Johnson". I was afraid at the time of being with older high school students, so I made the choice of taking pre-algebra, and he thought no less of my for my choice, just said "Very good Mr. Johnson" I later had Algebra I, Geometry I, Algebra II & Geometry II, and enjoyed each class because of him. I'll always remember him saying "The mind is like a parachute, if it is closed then it will not work." and "Mind like a steel trap" usually to students we had to stop a process for and get them to understand it. He was truly a great teacher! I'm thankful to have had him as my teacher.
September 06, 2013
Mike, you will be missed ...Misha & David Plotnick
September 06, 2013
God bless you, Mr. Kirk. And, thank you.
September 05, 2013

I miss seeing Mr. Kirk walking downtown almost everyday, saying hi and waving at me. You were a great math teacher of mine and I am confident lots of people would agree!

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