I was a student in Mrs. McHugh's AP English class at Grant HS and a member of her Academic Decathlon Team in my senior year, 1984/85. She was wonderful and inspiring teacher. On the other hand, I was a lousy writer...and she definitely frequently called me on it! Seriously, I may not have made it through college without frequently remembering her persistent prodding and constructive criticisms to do better (nice alliteration, eh?). Certainly, Mrs. McHugh helped to make me a better writer. Now, in part, I ghost-write and edit for other writers! Unbelievable!
Some of the most memorable qualities I recall of one my two favorite english teachers (the other is her colleague: Mary Jane Horner) is Mrs. McHugh's passion for the classics, especially poetry -- John Donne, if I correctly recall. I well remember the excitement and inflection of her words and of her waiving her hands about whenever she read to us aloud. ...And, there was also her warm, wonderful, and approving smile -- always ear-to-ear -- whenever she was pleased with something someone did or said. :)
Okay, yes, I could have better edited this memorial! However, I will leave it as it is. ;)
With fond regards, rest in peace.