My dad shared the sad news of Vernon Goertz’s passing. Your paper did a fine job celebrating the life of a wonderful man, including mention of his lengthy tenure as a middle school math teacher. He was one of the best in the business.
Alumni of his algebra class will almost certainly recall his legendary enthusiasm for the Difference of Two Squares. “Aaahhh — it’s a DOTS!” he would joyfully roar.
What your readers may not know is that Mr. Goertz was also a brilliant motivational speaker. Daily, he would give us a break from the drudgery of equations to tell us how much he believed in us. He would profile his former students who were out in the world blazing trails and implore us to follow their lead.
Only someone who lived the exemplary life you profiled would have the authenticity to inspire us as he did.
North Palm Beach, Fla.