Mary E. Anderson, 76, of
Warren, Ohio, formerly of Brockton.
Taught fourth grade for 32 years in
the Brockton Public Schools before
retiring in 1998. Nov. 18.
Stephen M. Clark, 66, of Jamaica
Plain. Served as a project manager in
the Department of Professional and
Continuing Education at Massachusetts
College of Art and Design and
coordinated partner relationships with
cooperating institutions. Aug. 2.
Gerald E. Dlouhy, 84, of
Dartmouth. Was a history and
economics teacher at New Bedford
High School for several years and
then served as Southeastern regional
manager for the MTA. Nov. 13.
Carmella P. Farina, 95, of
Braintree. Was an elementary school
teacher for the Braintree Public
Schools for 40 years. Oct. 29.
Morrison G. Ferrier, 79, of
Ludlow. Taught for four years at South
Hadley High School and then taught
at Longmeadow High School for 31
years. Nov. 21.
Sheila F. Johnson, 74, of West
Boylston. Taught in the Worcester
Public Schools for many years.
James F. Rice, 74, of Worcester.
Was professor emeritus of English
at Quinsigamond Community
College, retiring in 2013 after 44
years. Was active in a number of
organizations including the MTA,
NEA, Massachusetts Community
College Council and National Council
for Higher Education. Served as
president of the MCCC and NCHE.
Michael Williamson, 71, of
Hall County, Georgia, formerly of
Brockton. Was a teacher and counselor
for the North Middlesex Regional
School District in Townsend until his
retirement in 2001. Nov. 2.
“quality education and support
for all — teachers and students,
prekindergarten through age 21.”
At another table, the discussion
turned to the types of actions that get a
Norene Gachignard, who
teaches nursing at North Shore
Community College, noted that her
neighbors and students had let her
know they supported Massachusetts
Community College Council members
struggling to win a fair contract. Their
consciousness was raised when MCCC
members decided to stand along the
side of Route 1 holding signs on chilly
November days, she said.
Deborah Gesualdo of the Malden
Education Association said that due
to a budget crisis, her district almost
lost a music program. When students
became aware that their teachers
were making picket signs, they were
moved to advocacy. The program was
saved largely because of the students’
involvement, Gesualdo said.
Lisa Donovan, a member of
the Melrose Education Association,
agreed that combined efforts are
crucial. “If you get the students
involved, ultimately the parents get
involved,” she said. The first priority
at Donovan’s table was economic
inequality. Members discussed health
care, funding for public education and
pensions for public-sector workers.
Donovan said the participants
agreed that “you need to make the
message more personal.”
“We also need to teach colleagues
about labor history,” she said. “That
knowledge will help them to be more
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