Parady in class

To the Editor:

I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Parady (not “Bunny” – he was my elder and teacher) as my math tutor for the summers of 1964 and 1965. Never has one man had to work so hard to educate an unwilling middle school pupil in the mysteries of Algebra 1 and 2.

He was a legendary basketball coach, but in my memory, he remains one of the greatest teachers I have ever had. Trying to get me to absorb basic mathematical concepts was a Sisyphean task, but he managed to accomplish it, with the patience of a saint and an ability to capture a 12-year-old’s wandering attention without being harsh or authoritative.

That I remember him over a half-century later says everything about this wonderful individual.

Peter Seymour

Pleasantville, N.Y.

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