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Roger Vincent Schoenstein

Obituary
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Roger was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He earned a B.A. in the Integrated Liberal Arts Program at St. Mary's, traveled two summers to work with Amigos Anonymous in Mexico, and received his California Teacher's credentials from U.C. Berkeley. In 1966 he married Patty Pullman and they moved to Southern California.

They moved to Colorado Springs in 1970, where Roger worked at North Junior High and E.O.P. He earned his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Northern Colorado in 1979, teaching at Wasson High School, and later at UCCS. He was involved with Outward Bound programs in District 11, and numerous other extracurricular clubs and activities. Roger had a uniquely effective and fascinating student-centered teaching style, infused with great humor, imagination, and commitment to students' mastery of content in his Latin, Future Fiction, and English classes.

Roger retired from District 11 in the late 1990's, volunteering with Habitat For Humanity in many US states, and spending several seasons as a camp host and BLM volunteer in Moab, Utah. He had a deep love of the outdoors, and was a voracious reader. Whatever interested him, he became proficient at doing: photography, folk guitar, carpentry, hiking, mountain-biking, bird-watching, geocaching, kayaking, canoeing. He loved life, and sought to live in a manner that truly enhanced the lives of others.

Roger is survived by his son, Dan, and daughter, Lisa; his former wife and lasting friend, Patty; his older brother, Alan; and many cousins in California.

In recognition of his memory, Roger's many friends, former students, and colleagues may celebrate his life in environmentally and academically conscious ways of their choosing. For further information, please contact Blunt Mortuary.


Published in The Gazette on May 11, 2014
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