How true it is: We are family

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By Daris Howard
Special to The PREVIEW

I was only 25 when I was hired to teach in the Math/Computer Science Department of a private, religious junior college. I quickly learned how strong the camaraderie and concern was in our department for each member’s welfare. If I ever had a child admitted to the hospital, or had any other kind of challenge, I could always expect phone calls and visits from the other department members.

Dave, one of the more senior members of the department, always said, “We are family.” But I didn’t realize how true that was until a certain event occurred.

Gordon was my mentor and a good friend. He wasn’t all that old, only in his early 50s, when I was hired. I had only been there three years when he came to talk to me. “Daris,” he said, “I would like you to take over as head of the computer part of our department.”

Gordon was one of the most brilliant men I have ever met. He was not only an incredible teacher, but he was the best programmer I have ever known. He loved the students. He loved learning the new technology. And, in short, he loved that part of his job. So, this came as a big surprise.

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