Richard N. (Rich) Lust
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Richard (Rich) N. Lust, 70 former Boulder County resident and BVSD teacher, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Friday, July 26, 2019. For full obituary go to

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Published in Colorado Hometown Weekly on Aug. 6, 2019.
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August 22, 2019
Mr Lust was the teacher who taught me how to study, and without his guidance I never would have learned to write so well. He taught AP history, It was the only class I ever had with him but it changed my life. Even now, 23 years later, I remember his teaching vividly. I recall Before he returned our first paper he warned us, half seriously, that our papers would look like he had spilled a bottle of red ink. And he was not exaggerating! The sheer amount of corrections, changes, needs for citations and more, completely floored me. I had always thought my English was outstanding, but through the many many papers I wrote and re-wrote for Mr Lust I learned how to write on a totally different level. No English teacher ever taught me to choose my words more carefully, to use quotes and citations so effectively, nor structure my writing for such maximum impact. The Vocabulary Cards. We all remember the hundreds of vocabulary cards! Buying the small plastic box and stack of 50 3x5 index cards, which soon turned into 100, then 200, then so many we lost count. Each painstakingly written on in great detail and highlighted to denote which topic they belonged. The massive lists of dates, people, events, key words complied by Mr Lust to help us remember the many, many facts which would be required for our exams. And then there was the study: the four massive volumes of history texts, speeches and important papers How easy it would have been to only assign us reading from the main text! To only need to prepare reading and questions from the standard book would have made his job a breeze. But not Mr Lust, he expertly coordinated and incorporated all of the texts into all our topics. There was always assigned reading from each one, every week, followed by round table discussion in class to share, analyze, break down and decipher what we had learned as a class every day. Those round table discussions, the whole class pulling our desks into a giant circle to discuss, not be lectured at! To analyze, debate, offer opinions and then turn to Mr Lust for the answers to the questions he had posed; what teacher doesn't stand at the front of the room and talk at you? Tell his class to be quiet, listen up? Mr Lust, that's who. He never lost control of the classroom or failed to redirect us to the relevant points with a new question or phrase, and we LEARNED. Discussions were lively and complex and he kept us on track. It was a completely foreign style of teaching that could easily have been chaos, but it was brilliant. I remember once thinking I hadn't finished the reading for that days discussion; he had told us if this happened to let him know and he would not call on us that day. I quietly mentioned to him that I was behind and he told me it fine. He never called us out publicly nor embarrassed us in front of our peers, he treated us like people of worth and recognized the sometimes fragile egos contained inside those teenage shells When our official exams drew near, he took the improbably step of having the whole class over to his house for intensive review sessions, more than once. He didn't view this as an invasion of his space, his sanctuary away from students and work. We were not stealing his time away from family or relaxation. He wanted us to succeed, and proud to open his house to us on days off so we didn't miss any opportunities to prepare. He took weekends and nights to open his classroom for those extra study sessions which we all dutifully attended. Once Saturday, the vice principal saw us lingering in the hallway during a break, and told us how great it was that we were getting extra help, because we were obviously the remedial students who needed Saturday school. Imagine his shocked when we learned we were the AP kids there for Mr Lusts study sessions! I remember Mr Lust having a good laugh when we told him. It wasn't until I reached university that I truly realized how much I had learned from Mr Lust. Although I majored in Molecular Biology and Genetics, it was the lessons from Mr Lust which impacted my university experience the most. His teaching style taught me how to study effectively, prepared me for the many hours spent bent over book after book after book, and most importantly, how to communicate in concise detail; a skill which became indispensable when writing research articles, grant applications and journal papers. I have often thought back to how much I owe Mr Lust, there are only two teachers from High School who had significant impact on my Future, and Mr Lust has always been at the top. Years later, when I had the opportunity to teach in my chosen field, I became even more aware of the sacrifices and hard work he put in for us. The sheer amount of time required to set up a single lesson, the hour it takes to mark just one essay, and the days required to mark an exam for the entire class. He was tireless for his students, and I wish I could have told him that when he was still here. So now I sit on the other side of the globe, typing these memories on a phone screen, hoping my clumsy fingers can do justice to the teacher to whom I owe the most. I want his family to know how much he was appreciated, how much of an impact he had, not just of me, but on so many of the hundreds of students who passed through his classroom over the years. Because he treated us equally, drove us to improve, and pushed us to think deeper than we had before. No matter where we all ended up, Mr Lusts lessons had an impact on us which has lasted through the decades. His devotion to his subject and students must have taken him away from his family, long nights spent marking at the kitchen table or in preparation for lessons. Thank you for helping Mr Lust help us. he was truly an amazing teacher, and will never be forgotten
Lonni Clark
August 7, 2019
Rich Lust gave me my only "B" in high school... as a junior in his AP US History class. I will never forget that moment, and what it taught me. He was more than a teacher for CHS '92... he was a mentor, a father, and a leader.

I will also never forget going to his HOUSE for "optional" study sessions. Can you even imagine that? Hosting a couple dozen nerdy teenagers in your home as they collectively freak out over exam prep and college admissions???

He collected and humbled some of the best people I've ever known and he did it with more love than I thought was possible.

He was LOVED, and I can think of no greater measure for a man. RIP Mr. Lust. We have the watch.
Glenn Truitt
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