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Duane Fee

Walnut Creek, California

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Duane Conn FeeJuly 5, 1928 - July 15, 2011Resident of Walnut CreekDuane Fee, surrounded by his loving family, passed away July 15, 2011 at the age of 83. Duane was born on July 5, 1928 in Cherokee, IA to the late James and Ethel Fee. He was a graduate of Quimby High School, Iowa State University...

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Mr. Fee was a class act and a fantastic teacher. I was fortunate enough to be his student for two years of calculus, and also serve as his student assistant for one year. All the best to his family, and thanks for sharing him with the many appreciative Acalanes math students.

Duane and Carol Fee in Carmel late 2010 celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. Fee was one of my DVC professors in the 1980s. In addition to being a wonderful teacher, he was a very nice person. My condolences to his friends and family.

I have often thought of Mr.Fee since my years at Acalances HS and although I never ended up a math wizard some of my most fondest memories are of his teaching style. I will never forget his tales of growing up in Iowa or his races against students on a calculator vs himself on the chalkboard figuring out a math problem...he always won. I especially enjoyed his wit and wisdom. His sayings such as ....."An eraser is a crutch for a crippled mind." or when a student would ask for...

Duane exemplified a quiet, intelligent, and good humored man with high principles and a devotion to family and friends. Every time we were lucky enough to be with him, Carol, Diana, Jeff, Scott, and Garrett he made us feel like family. He was such a wonderful role model for so many, and we will miss him! We send all our love to you Carol, and to your beautiful family! Stacey, Steve, Ryan, & Kevin Physioc

Mr. Fee taught me advanced calculus as a senior. I still remember his passion for teaching and his commitment to making sure we understood. Looking forward to a blessed reunion!

Sorry to hear about your loss. Kelly remember RCY!and camp

When I became a high school math teacher, I modeled my class after Mr. Fee's. I even told my students, "Never be so afraid of failure that you won't take a chance at success," just like he told us.

I wrote to Mr. Fee from college to tell him not to be discouraged by the ones that didn't seem to understand math in high school (like me). I wanted him to know that he was the one that inspired my love for the subject and the reason that I majored in math.