Teacher Ron Mulder made difference in students' lives

Out of my nearly twenty years of formal education, I can name Ron Mulder as one of the best teachers I ever had. I don't think I shared a classroom with anyone more enthusiastic, energized, and utterly dedicated to his subject and his students than this man. Mr. Mulder wanted nothing more than to bring the world of science to you, to make his understanding yours, to unmask a few of life's little mysteries and bestow the ultimate gift of knowledge. Teaching lit up his life and gave him a purpose, and for maybe an hour or so a day, the young minds he taught were placed in the path of his passion.

I'm not someone who has a natural mind for the things that Mr. Mulder taught: he helped me understand the basic principals of chemistry and physics, but I still regard much of the scientific world as enigmatic. But what I learned from Mr. Mulder is that it doesn't necessarily have to be - there are answers that lie waiting, if only one is motivated to uncover them. He understood the power of knowledge and the responsibility of teaching, and he was even willing to burn the hair off his forearm if it would help make a concept more vivid or a lesson more memorable.

For all the things you could say about Ron Mulder, no one can argue that he loved his job. In an age when the number one source of dissatisfaction among Americans is their daily vocation, Mr. Mulder was a refreshing exception. His death is a loss to both the local community and to the broader network of teachers everywhere. Mr. Mulder, we will miss you.

Jennifer Davis

Del Norte High School Class of 2001

West Hollywood

Thanks to Stamps family for being good Del Norters

Christmastime is special in that it is a time for giving and sharing. It is also a time for family whether it is immediate relatives or friends and neighbors. It is also a time for giving to the less fortunate.

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas this year, Bill and Jana Stamps, better known as the andquot;Stamps Family,andquot; reached out to all of the residents of the Surf Hotel by providing a fine feast of turkey, ham and all of the trimmings prepared by Zar and Julie Violante. Trays of sweet treats were served afterwards.

This event was held Dec. 23 at Third and I streets and was hosted by Mayor Dennis Burns. Dennis led off with an entertaining Christmas story. Triplicate Editor Rob Bignell and his wife joined several community folks to honor these residents at Christmastime. Attending to represent the Stamps Family were Bob and Mimi Stephens, Mike Sullivan, Kelly Schellong, Herb and Julie Kolodner, Dick Jacobs, and Doris Whalen.

Bill's secretary, Debbie, and Santa Claus gave out presents to each of the Surf's residents. A good time was had by all. Gary of Crescent City Limo provided special service as did Redwood Coast Transit for getting the residents from and to the Surf Hotel.

Also recipients of the andquot;Stamps Familyandquot; kindness was a tea and dessert hour along with Christmas arrangements for the residents of Addie Meedom House. Christmas stockings full of toys and school supplies for the K through third grades at Castle Rock Charter School along with 12 bicycles for Santa's Workshop. Thanks Bill and Jana Stamps for being andquot;giving Del Norters.andquot;

Chuck Blackburn

Crescent City



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