Class Notes Submitted in 2013

Richard Fowler (M.Ed. 60) became a teacher and guidance counselor at Scottsville High School in Albemarle County and was also the baseball coach. “I then returned to Spartanburg, S.C., to teach French. Three years later I was made the District Coordinator of Foreign Language. In the summers I attended institutes for training of Foreign Language teachers and eventually became a member of the staff of those institutes in Toulouse, France. I taught adjunct graduate education courses in Foreign Language teaching at Converse College for more than 30 years. I remained coordinator of foreign language in Spartanburg until 2000 and retired. (more…)

Richard Fowler's Curry Memory

“Visiting Dr. Raymond Bice. All the ties with Dr. Richard Beard, and my classes with the dynamic professor of Human Growth and Development Dr. Paul Walter. He was a powerful lecturer.”

Patsy Gochenour (M.Ed. ’71, Ed.S. ’86 Reading) Patsy GochenourAfter graduating from Madison College in June of 1957, I started my teaching career at Virginia Avenue Elementary School in my hometown of Winchester, Va. I taught second grade for 14 years until the Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act came into existence. At that time, the Winchester School System wanted a reading teacher for this program; therefore, I helped to open up the new John Kerr Elementary School in 1972-73 as a reading specialist (I had attended the old JKE as a student). (more…)

Patsy Gochenour's Curry Memory

“On the first night of class, Dr. Henderson asked his students to define ‘reading and how one might teach a person to read.’ Of course, you can imagine how many different answers he received, especially since the class was mostly made up of elementary school teachers. To this day, I can still recall the lengthy class discussion we had and Dr. Henderson smiling as we tried to define reading but using far too many words. It was only at the end of class that he went to the blackboard and wrote, ‘Reading is a cognitive process. It is not what you get from the page but rather what you bring to the page to interact with the page.’”

Susan Goerold White (B.S.Ed. ’73, M.Ed. ’74 Sp Path & Aud) retired 5 years ago from Virginia Beach City Schools after working as a speech language pathologist for 32 years at the elementary level. Love that age, but now play with my 5-year-old granddaughter instead of writing IEP’s! I’d love to hear what others from my early 70’s years in the Speech Pathology/Audiology program are doing!

David Harrison (M.Ed. ’65) Harrison book coverMid Century Boy: Growing up in the 1940’s & 50’s

Memoirs published in 2012

David is a retired teacher of American History living in Charlottesville.

Robert F. Jackson, Jr. (B.S. ’70) retired early from teaching, having focused most of that time on middle school social studies. “I was blessed to be able to teach on the college level for a few years in the Philippines, my wife’s homeland and historically America’s largest and farthest former colony. Living there during the Marcos years was an educational experience for a social studies teacher. I coached college level women’s volleyball in the Islands as well. Leaving teaching was not really retirement but a career change.

Bob and Maria Jackson
Painting of Bob and his wife Maria by their daughter Sonia Jackson Summers


Robert F. Jackson, Jr.'s Curry Memory

“For me, one who reveled in the student experience, my fondest memories entailed simply the classroom experience and the discussions in the student center over meals. Teaching was not my primary calling, though it fit me and I, it to a degree. Therefore, I took no special pleasure from student teaching or observations. The total experience was what mattered, with debate and discussion sticking in my mind even until today.”

Joyce Knox (M.Ed. ’70) My husband John and I were already teaching in Virginia when we became interested in the Curry School of Education through extension classes in Richmond. We then took classes in Charlottesville at nights and in the summers. John took off a year from teaching to finish his master’s degree from Curry. I lived on Grounds one summer to complete mine, and we both graduated in 1970.

What a wonderful experience.  I learned subject matter, but I really learned that you should expect the best from people, and you usually succeeded with that plan.  Most of my fellow students were men, as this was in the late 60’s. Even for field trips to the ocean or through caves they wore ties.  People were honest and looked out for one another.  I used the lessons I learned throughout the rest of my teaching career. (more…)

Gerry Kruger (M.Ed. ’83 Reading) Book cover Charlie's StoryOn Kruger Pond: Charlie’s Story (2012)
by Gerry Kruger
Illustrated by Janice Hawkins

Available in local Charlottesville Bookstores: Over the Moon, New Dominion Book Shop, The Virginia Shop, Foods of All Nations, The Boar’s Head Inn Store

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Richard Lawson (M.Ed. ’72) after 40 years retired as a Principal and Central Office administrator in North Carolina and became the executive director of the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, focusing on science and interactions between adults and children. Member of the 30 Grassroots Science Museums in North Carolina. He has been a member of the Curry Foundation Board for 12 consecutive years.

Richard Lawson's Curry Memory

“As a Graduate Assistant, working with Dr. Bash and Dr. Nathan Johnson on School Desegregation teams in the early 1970s.”

Jerry Martin (B.S. ’61) retired as a Major in the US Air Force, serving from 1961-1982. “I then taught eighth-grade science in San Antonio, Tex., until retiring with 21 years of service. I currently live in Houston, where I volunteer as night manager one night a week at the Food Bank in Stafford. I volunteer at the hospitality center at MD Andreson Cancer Hospital several times a week and do missions work with the Methodist Church I attend. I have gone on mission trips to Chili, Costa Rica, Mexico, Missisippi as well as participating in many local projects. I donate platelets twice a month to cancer patients, and donate white cells to patients as needed. My wife Barbara Salmond Martin, a 1961 graduate of U.Va. Nursing School, died of Cancer last year.”

Claude (Bud) Mayo (M.Ed. ’75) retired from Fairfax County, Virginia, Public Schools in 2010 after forty years of service as an administrator, coach, counselor, and teacher. He is currently director of Virginia’s oldest test preparation program, The Hunt Course. He serves on the board of directors of the Virginia State Society and teaches as an adjunct instructor at the Northern Virginia Center of the University of Virginia.

Claude (Bud) Mayo's Curry Memory

“Going to Graves Mountain Lodge to celebrate the conclusion of our summer program.”