Remembering OPRF's Dean Knicley

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I was saddened to read about the passing of Bruce Knicley, former dean at OPRF High School [Obituaries, July 31]. Mr. Knicley was a wise counselor for his students and a partner for their parents.

Shortly before the beginning of the school year in 1984, my older son and I were ushered into Mr. Knicley's office and introduced to him as the dean for students whose last names began with R. He was friendly, cordial, and he efficiently arranged for the paperwork and testing for a transferring sophomore while easing my anxiety about getting it all done before the first day of school.

Over the next six years of both sons' high school careers, Mr. Knicley's professionalism and kindness continued. He kept me informed and returned phone calls promptly. We shared a laugh when he called to tell me that my second son's report card contained a "garden variety" of grades — one of each — and if he could get an A in the AP class, he could get an A in all of them. That got straightened out. We shared a sigh on the unofficial "senior ditch day" when my older son blemished his perfect attendance record by not showing up. Did I know? Yes. Did I want an excused absence? No.

My hope, as my first grandchild enters OPRF this month, is that her dean will live up to Mr. Knicley's professionalism and high standards.

Elaine D. Johnson

Oak Park

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