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Philip Zalesky Obituary
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May 24, 2018

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December 4, 2013
Thank you, Mr. Zalesky, for being the best teacher imaginable!
I was a student at Everett High School from 1958-1961. My history classes with you were so inspiring and so rightfully challenging that the experience was largely responsible for my majoring in History at Whitman College.
Additionally, you served as a mentor to me and informed my decision to enter the field of education in Washington State. Your example was with me throughout my 45 year teaching and administrative career.
You were also my debate teacher and coach and you managed to buoy my spirits and confidence as we traveled to debate other high school teams.
Additionally, you were my supporter as I [we] wrote my commencement address for the class of 1961 graduation ceremonies. You were there every time I practiced the speech-in those days it was delivered "by heart" and without notes. The speech was a huge success with the 763 graduates and their friends and families! I have a copy of the speech, which I will bring to the family on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m.
As I read the commencement address right now, I see the many places where you helped me to fill in blanks and provide a much more cohesive historical look of the first eighteen years of life of the 1961 Graduates.
I remember as well the times you and Mrs. Zalesky had dinner with my parents, me and my brothers and sister at our north Colby home. We had great and smart conversations and plenty of laughter as well.
I am filled with happiness, because I was a lucky student having you as my teacher; I have tears on my cheeks as I write, because I am so sad that you are not with us in person. You will be with me in spirit for the rest of my life. I will never forget my time with you, Mr. Zalesky.
November 5, 2013
I will miss you and our conversations over the years. You were the best teacher I had through all of my school years. My sympathy goes out to Laura and to Phil's family. You were loved Mr. Z.
November 5, 2013
Mrs. Zaleski: We are very sorry to learn of Philip's passing - Dorothy Larson and Mike Larson. It was great to see you both at Dorothy's 90th birthday party. She is doing well at 97 and talks fondly of those library days and the bookmobile. Her vision is limited so I read the article about Phil and the obit to her. She sends her best - she can be reached at 425-290-3031. I remember my Eastmont days and mowing your lawn. I enjoyed being in Phil's government class at Cascade and my sister was in his class at EHS. I also have great memories of visiting you folks in the summer when you were at Mt. Rainier National Park.
I share your love of the outdoors and the need to preserve our wilderness.

Thanks for the memories - Mike Larson
November 5, 2013
Mr. Z had a profound impact on my values and my world view. I will always be grateful to him and his extraordinary colleagues at Cascade High.