In Memory

Ellis (Teacher) Harlow

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09/24/12 05:55 AM #1    

Bev Shulster (Beiman)

Captain Ellis James Harlow Sept 16, 1922 Sept. 11 2012 Resident of Walnut Creek Born in Fair Oaks, CA on Sept. 16, 1922. Ellis passed away in Walnut Creek, CA at age 90 with his family by his side. He lived a very fulfilling life. He served in the US Army during WWII and Korea. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Master's Degree in English and taught at Oakland High school for over 35 years. He also authored several books and was a regular contributor to the MOAA Sacramento Trumpet. He was married to Patricia Mullen for over 43 years until her passing in 1989. He is survived by; his sister Mary, three living children Marty, Marlene and Leannette, his seven grandchildren, his twelve great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. Ellis was admired and loved by all and will be missed very much. A brief funeral service at St Mary's cemetery in Sacrament will be held on Sat. Sept. 15, 2012 at 11:00 am.

Published in Contra Costa Times on September 15, 2012

09/24/12 08:39 AM #2    

Helen Pulver (Rosenberg)

Mr. Harlow was my German teacher for 4 years - a terrific teacher and a dear man.

10/06/12 03:43 PM #3    

Thomas Nixon

Sad to read about Mr Halow's passing.  I'm glad I got a chance to send him the following message and get his response just a few months ago;

Hello Mr Harlow, I'm not much of a joiner but, when I saw that you were active on the OHS website, I had to subscribe. I was one of your German students for four years and I can't forget the great times we had in your classes. Unfortunately my study habits were miserable and I didn't absorb as much as I should have. But we learned a lot more than German from you. We learned about life. And I did, however, retain just enough rudimentary language skills to help me on several enjoyable trips to Germany and Austria. I often laugh and share the story about you teaching us such valuable words as "kaugumme" and "hossenvonflapen". And also the poem; "Es regnet. Gott segnet. Die Erde sind nass." I try to teach it to my two year old grand daughter when it"s raining. And I think it was you who wrote Land Of The Oaks about the Digger Indians. What a great book. I should also mention that my brother, Jim, and I still talk about the term play, Ramshackle Inn, in which you directed him. It sure doesn't seem like 50 years. Well again thanks for the great experience. This world could sure use more teachers like you. You were great. 

Alles gute und auf wiedesehen, Tom Nixon

10/13/12 03:08 PM #4    

Barbara Woodcoff (Schwartz)

When I got the first email about the reunion, I noticed that Mr. Harlow was listed and  I emailed him immediately.  Imagine my surprise when he answered me!  We had a wonderful correspondence that lasted about 4 emails and I enjoyed each and every one of them.  I will treasure them in my memories of Herr Harlow.

What a gem of a teacher!  I felt then, and I still feel now, that he was one of the best teachers I EVER had.   I wish every student could have a teacher like him. 

Auf Weidersein, Herr Harlow......................Barbara (Woodcoff) Schwartz

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