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Memories bring students back to teacher

Monday, May 19, 2008

1968 GHS graduate Kenneth Moore is planning on reuniting his Advanced Math Class with teacher Roe Wrede in June. This photo came out of Moore's scrapbook.
Forty years ago, a second-year teacher had a class of six students who were studying advanced math.

That teacher was Roe Wrede, and he and his wife Linda have been invited to dinner with several of his former students from the 40-year-old class.

Kenneth Moore, a 1968 Greencastle High School graduate, put together the dinner.

"I located everyone a few years ago when I found my old high school math notebook from his class," he said. "We exchanged remembrances and all remarked about what a positive influence (Wrede) had on our lives and wondered what he was doing."

Wrede tried to instill good work ethics in his students.

"Mr. Wrede was a very no nonsense teacher and expected lots of hard work in his class, but he was also very respected for his knowledge and dedication to his students," Moore said.

Moore said his class has not made plans yet for a general reunion, but his math class buddies decided to have one just for Wrede and his wife.

"So on June 14 we are having a dinner in Greencastle for him and his wife Linda with members of the class," Moore said. "Unfortunately, we have lost one member of our class last summer, Rob Lyon, who was very fond of his Putnam County roots. However, so far we have four out of the remaining five members confirmed for the dinner, and I'm working on the last one."

Students in that 1968 math class include Moore and Lyon, Harold Henry, Kirk Hammond, Steve Bonney and Ron Cook.

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Though I was never an advanced math student, Roe Wrede was one of the best teachers I had. However a couple of years before he taught me, a female teacher and Cloverdale mother, Myrtle Wrede made a favorable impression in eighth grade literature.

I am very greatful to have been influenced by both.

-- Posted by VeggieMD on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 4:15 PM

A great teacher and great students. Greetings from the class of '67!!

-- Posted by localman on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 8:45 PM

Roe Wrede was one of the best teachers at GHS from 1970-74. I would never have made it to college without his demanding tutelage. It is a joy to see a great person and a talented teacher so honored by GHS alumni. HIs mother, Mrs. Wrede, was a great teacher at GJHS, as well. The Greencastle school system was very fortunate to have these two teachers among their ranks.

-- Posted by nordicheart on Mon, May 26, 2008, at 5:25 PM

Roe Wrede was one of the best teachers I ever had through all my years of schooling. I used my notes from his class to help me pass--with an A--calculus in college. How great that the class of '67 is honoring him! Great idea. I hope he knows how many lives he changed for the better by pushing us to find our limits and be better students--and people. Long live Roe Wrede!

-- Posted by Lisak on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 10:48 PM

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