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Ryman an inspiration in character          Send a link to a friend

To the editor:

Today I accessed the Lincoln paper online and discovered that Mr. John Ryman had passed away. (Obituary)

If there were a hall of fame for teachers, Mr. Ryman would be an original inductee. He would not be there because he wrote books or lectured at universities. He would be there for the most important reason: the positive impact he had on the thousands of lives of kids who passed through the halls of Lincoln High School. I doubt that anyone ever heard him raise his voice nor speak negatively to a student.

Once he assigned you a grade, no amount of bartering nor begging would change his assessment. The grade was given based upon his sound, honest assessment, and he stood by it with confidence. That kind of lesson and his character was a model for every student to emulate.

John Ryman was a gift to us all. In all my years I have never heard a Lincoln alum speak negatively about John Ryman. In fact, when Railers spoke his name it was often done with great respect. A respect he justly deserved.

Rest in peace, our mentor and friend, and enjoy your new teaching assignment.

John Fleshman

[Posted August 23, 2007]

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