To the editor:
I have read with dismay the conditions surrounding the recent forced retirement of Stan Roth, who was one of my favorite teachers from my LHS years. I say this even though Stan gave me the only bad grade I ever received in my high school career -- a severe downgrading one nine weeks for failing to finish a term project on time, and I richly deserved it. Learning to plan and finish projects on time proved very beneficial to me in my later Air Force career.
I participated in several of Stan's field trips to the caves of Pulaski County, Mo., to study the ecology of cave systems and learned a respect for fragile ecosystems and the responsibility for caring for them. I think a true indicator of Stan Roth the person is the long-term interest he took in his students as witnessed by his regular appearances at the reunions our class has held through the years -- although various LHS teachers would appear from time to time, Stan and his wife, Jan, were the only ones who always appeared, and I always enjoyed the opportunity to rehash old times.
I believe it was at our 20th reunion in 1983 -- we were given a tour of the recently expanded LHS one Saturday morning, and Stan and several students were busy at work on various projects. No other teachers were to be seen on the weekend. I don't think I was ever on the receiving end of one of Stan's erasers, but I have valued the lessons I learned from him and respected his lifelong concern for his students.
Tyson T. Travis, LtCol, USAF (ret),
Pine Bluff, Ark.