First, You must scroll down and read Sir Dayvd's excellent blog (Unlike Dayvd, I was fortunate enough to have a special teacher).
Just this morning I was kicking around in my head (a rather large, empty space, space, space...) a blog about a favorite teacher of mine. Sorry to say, every yarn I thought about telling ended with "...but I guess you had to be there."
What unique qualities did Brother Eugene Phillipp, CSC possess? Sir Dayvd's timely post summed it up neatly for me:
He challenged traditional classroom education and reorganized knowledge, directing it towards life, and away from knowledge for its own sake. In a modest way, he gave us a sense of direction and wisdom for our lives.
He was fond of saying "Know what you want, know that you can do it, and do it!"
Phillipp taught history and psychology at Memorial High School for 48 years. 48 years!
A member of the Congregation of Holy Cross in South Bend, Ind., Phillipp grew up in Cleveland and was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College in Winona, Minn.
Brother Eugene Phillipp, 71, died Tuesday after battling cancer.
(Notes from an article in today's Courier Press) "Phillipp lived a simple life in Evansville that revolved around his Catholic faith and his work at the high school," said Mark Schoenbaum, a friend and fellow teacher.
"He was in the school all year round, even on Christmas break, waxing floors. Not only did he teach, but he had a real love for the building," Schoenbaum said.
"Brother lived faithfully and worked hard," Schoenbaum said. "He also toed a pretty straight line. You always knew where you stood with him. You knew what line not to cross, adults too. He expected the best out of everyone. Not just students, but teachers as well."
Memorial seniors, saddened they will begin their final year of high school without Phillipp, organized a candlelight vigil in his memory Wednesday evening at the school.
A portrait of Phillipp, flanked by candles, was placed at the front door as numerous students gathered to pay tribute.
JASON CLARK / Courier & Press Memorial High School graduates Emily Durchholz, left, and John Hodge, along with Memorial senior Annie Baumer, attend a candlelight vigil in honor of Brother Eugene Phillipp.
"He was a legend here," senior Caitlyn Hammack said. "He just gave everything of himself to Memorial. He loved this place. This was his life." (end)
I was fortunate enough to have "Mein Führer" (as we affectionately called him) for several classes. Happily, we shared more than a few stories and a few beers (usually warm cheap lagers) on the porch of the brother's house.
Thank you Brother Eugene for helping prepare me -- and 48 years of students -- for my School of Life.
Sir Bowie of Greenbriar