Paul Reisch

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From: Le Mans
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Richard Klein 04/20/2015 22:32:34
From: New Rochelle, New York
As the principal of The High School of Music and Art, the School of Performing Arts, and LaGuardia High School of the Arts for eighteen years from 1968 to 1986 I was privileged to have encountered, observed and admired many great teachers in a variety of settings as they went about the daily task of educating their students. Paul Reich was a giant among them and he stood out among the greats. A wonderful teacher, a brilliant intellect and, above all, always a gentleman. The tributes by his students bear appropriate witness to the impact of his efforts through all the years of his teaching. He will always be remembered with affection and kindness.

LOUIS SIMON 02/15/2015 23:23:42
As chairman of the English Departments at the High School of Music & Art and the School of Performing Arts I was privileged to work with some of the most outstanding English teachers in the City of New York. At the top of that list was Dr. Paul Reisch, a scholar and a master of the art of teaching. Introducing his students to material that others would have to wait until their college years to study, Dr. Reisch not only demanded the best of them but made their pursuit of knowledge an exciting, colorful, adventurous journey. Godspeed, dear Paul; the heavenly choir awaits with eagerness the arrival of its new conductor.

Vincent Oliver 02/15/2015 05:55:56
From: Bronx, New York
Dr. Reisch: It is truly amazing to know the impact you had on so many students who were fortunate to have moved through your English classes during their tenure at PA. And although it is a “taken for granted” assumption that many instructors throughout students’ educational careers have an impact on both their contemporary and future thought processes, there are always the select two or three who leave a life imprint never to be erased. You were one of those instructors whose teachings left on me an imprint never to be forgotten and always in a subconscious way bled into many areas of my life. The old saying “imitation is the highest form of flattery” rings so true when I recall the number of students who did impressions of you, including myself, likely as a means to better get to know, and perhaps aspire to embody, the true essence behind the figure so admired. You presented an understanding of how literature is married to life and its pursuits that I did not completely appreciate when a teenage student at PA. But as life progressed and one or another circumstance surfaced that lent to a linking of that past, lucidity set in and a smile of recognition resulted. Lost is another gem of the many precious gems inlaid in the giant gold ring that is PA. I will always remember you, Dr. Reisch. Rest in peace.

Renee Bock (Newman) 02/14/2015 05:19:44
From: Riverdale, New York
Beowulf, The Cid, Song of Roland, The Odyssey and The Aeneid, Idylls of the King, Tennyson's poem Ulysses, The Once And Future King, Antigone, Phaedra, Death in Venice. You broadened my world and encouraged me to claim an intellectual life. There were many wonderful teachers at PA, but you surpassed them all. My children know all about the Greek gods, complete with their Roman names thanks to you. "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield."

Jennifer Moser 02/14/2015 00:16:12
From: New York, NY
Dr. Reisch was one of those once-in-a-lifetime teachers. He influenced and inspired a staggering number of students during the course of a long career. I heard his name spoken in fearful and glowing terms when he was on sabbatical during my freshman year. And then I had the good fortune to find myself in his class. He had an incredible presence in the classroom, he was always challenging and provocative, and he demanded that you meet his exacting standards. "Develop, develop!" He was a scholar, actor, writer, a force to be reckoned with... a Master Teacher. He taught his students how to think, analyze, and write, and he did so inventively, with passion and humor, year after year after year. He was, in a sense, a one-man institution. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to tell him I followed in his sizable footsteps, if only for some time. So saddened at his passing, and so grateful for his gifts. Rest in peace, Dr. Reisch. We all loved, respected, and appreciated you so. - Jennifer Moser, PA/LaG, class of '85

Daniel Zolberg 02/13/2015 22:51:35
From: NYC
You will always be a giant man to me. I wish you knew how much you meant to me. How much you inspired me. How, my mind turned to your lessons when I was distressed. Did you know how, to this day I rely on your lessons....on the wisdom you imparted? I grew up in the shadow of your impressive, superior and razor sharp intellect and I will always struggle to meet the high standard that is synonymous with your name. You have been a muse. I am aware of how you illuminated the world for me, and yet, the world now seems to be a darker place now that you are gone. I am a better man because of you. No. I am the man I am in large part because of you. If only I had expressed these things to while you were here....though....part of me knows that you knew......just as you seemed to know everything else. Thank you is insufficient. But thank you all the same.........One more time for the west coast.....thank you.

Tina Greenberg Ritari 02/13/2015 22:44:35
From: Hopkinton, Massachusetts
I had Dr. Reisch for The Bible as Literature. He was one of those teachers that you keep with you always. He inspired me in so many ways and made me feel special, always encouraging me. He gave me confidence and when speaking to him he would give me his full attention. What a wonderful human being and teacher. He touched the lives of so many students. He will live on in our hearts.

Paula Shatsky 02/13/2015 01:02:59
From: Pasadena, Ca.
Wow. Feel a mixture of sadness to hear of his passing, but joy that he lived a long life. Dr. Reisch, Mrs. Simmons, and Mr.Harnett( who in an attempt to save someone, drowned a few years after we graduated in 72), were the three best teachers I had in my tenure and Music and Art. He was a challenging mentor, who expected a lot from his students. He gave as much as he expected in return. He treated his students as equals and had no air of superiority about him. It was like being in a college seminar for scholars. We all loved him. Condolences to his loved ones.

Annette Verdolino 02/12/2015 22:16:32
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oh, Dr. Reisch. Where do I start? He inspired, encouraged, supported, challenged me, I was both intimidated by him and absolutely adored him. Handsome, commanding, uncompromising. He simply EXPECTED us to be engaged and responsible and step our game up. The best of New York City's teachers, truly. And I know how much he loved Performing Arts and all it stood for. Before I had him as a teacher, I heard tales of how tough he was... but when I got to be in his class, I swear I think I fell instantly in love. He gave me extra reading and writing assignments, because he knew I was hungry and could handle it. His choice of literature that we studied was varied and unusual and I bet some of them were NOT approved NYC Board of Ed books!! When I got lazy with my writing, he didn't let me slide....with one sentence of criticism from him I was devastated. To disappoint Dr. Reisch, I tell you, didn't match the resulting disappointment in myself. He opened us worlds for us, and taught us that as young artists we couldn't BE artists in a vacuum. No words could ever capture my thanks, my gratitude, my awe, my love, my respect. He is unmatched.

Bruce David Keller 02/12/2015 21:43:30
From: York,pa
Dr.Paul Reisch was my very best teacher ever!I'm certain he now rests in a far better place.I'm very grateful that i was able to get back in contact with him of late.He will be sorely missed....

Lynne Moser 02/12/2015 18:19:52
From: Holland, PA
When I questioned Dr. Reisch's use of an analogy, he questioned whether I should, in fact, be in his AP English class. I fought to stay there; my parents had to intervene! Thankfully, he kept me. I returned every red-inked paper with my re-writes until slowly, edit-by-edit, I earned his A+. Dr. Reisch inspired and shaped my writing as well as my character. I have never forgotten him, his command of the classroom and of our minds, and the warmth he extended later as a friend. He is loved and missed by many. Heartfelt condolences. Lynne Moser, LaG Class of '88

Bruce David Keller 02/12/2015 17:16:12
From: York,Pa
Dr. Reisch was perhaps the best teacher(1980-1984)i ever had anywhere,ever!He inspired me to write, and laughingly told me ,in later years, that i needed to edit(I would turn in 15 pages when he requested five!)I will miss him terribly,and,I'm sure,he now resides in a much better pla -ce... Most Sincerely,Bruce David Keller(pa.class of 84)

Willie Black 02/12/2015 03:56:04
From: Staten Island, NY
My Homeroom Teacher 1977-1980. My English Teacher also. He really pushed me to be a success in his English classes, which I appreciated because I really wasn't intrerested in what was being taught. He realized that I wasn't interested, and pushed me to be an "A" student.

Susan Brandon 02/12/2015 02:59:15
From: Manhattan, New York
Paul Reisch: dashing and beloved by all who were fortunate enough to have had him as an English teacher. His class, The Bible as Literature, was a masterpiece. Dr. Reisch juxtaposed The Book of Ecclesiastes with Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises to impart the message that one's thirst for a meaningful life cannot be quenched through alcohol and frivolity and, in the end, leads to emptiness. Mademoiselle Ashira and Dr. Reisch, close colleagues and friends, would join forces to enrich each other's students just by dropping in on each other's classes. They shared such a mutual respect, and their friendship and collaboration contributed greatly to us all. Helen Simmons, another "giant" alongside Dr. Reich in the English Department and also a close colleague of Dr. Reisch, would routinely engage in animated conversations with him about Pauline Kael, Updike or whichever book/author/critic would be on their minds. How brilliant their insights were! Paul Reisch will remain a part of me, always.

Vienna Aubert-Tomesheski 02/11/2015 22:48:17
From: Warwick, NY
I remember Dr. Reisch, he was a wonderful and beloved teacher. Yes indeed, a gentleman and scholar! My condolences to his loved. Vienna Aubert -- Music and Art, class of 1973.

Caren Messing 02/11/2015 22:26:10
From: Ny, NY
I had the privilege of having Dr. Reisch twice for English: both in sophomore and senior year at Performing Arts High School. So many insights learned. How to unlock meaning by utilizing a chosen quote from a classic, then parse the quote itself for meaning-clusters, how the quote revealed action in the scene wherein it happened, how it revealed the character who said it, how the quote spoke to the over-arching meaning of the entirety of the work, and how it might reveal historical context... "explicación de text" he'd say and, here, this is called a Thesaurus... (Thank you for the thesaurus, Dr. Reisch) Remembrances of when in class--- as we'd be communicating an idea he'd coax us "....develop it some more!" (gesturing with his hand palm-upwards with fingers undulating) and when our answer hit the nail on the head he'd slam his hand down and shout "one more time for the West Coast!" Yes, thank you for teaching us how to use the 'semicolon' and the possible ways to continue thought when using it; that is, joining two or more ideas in a sentence and giving them equal position or rank. He shared about a view in comic theory called "The Gap of Incongruity" The wider the gap of incongruity = broad, slapstick vs. the narrower the gap of of incongruity = intellectual (Woody Allen, for example) We read Aristotles' Poetics and learned notions of "anagnorisis", "peripatiety", "catharsis" and "verisimilitude". We read a lot of Shakespeare (Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream) He expounded on the Renaissance ---Notions of "The Great Chain of Being" in Platonic writings through to renaissance. The ABA sonata form. "The Micro-Macro View of the Universe and it permeating Shakespeare. We read Hesse's "Narcissus and Goldmund", Milton's "Paradise Lost", Mann's "Death in Venice" to name a few. One Halloween he wore black sunglasses and a black-leather bracelet with spikes (probably purchased on Christopher street) juxtaposes with his preppy/scholarly traditional crew-neck sweater and pleated, thick gauge corduroys pants. In the years 1981 -1983, to me, the actor Richard Crenna resembled him. Strident blue eyes and handsome face. He was also one of the only people who really laughed sounding onomatopoetically like "HaHaHa" One of my favorite memories is one of his comments on an essay I wrote. I'm certain the essay was practically indecipherable, and that I was gushing with adolescent-angst. I now know it was about feelings of a lack of self-esteem... But, then, I was describing it as "self-validity" and I wrote that I had feelings of "not feeling valid on my own" Ironically, he circled that very sentence and wrote "you do not mean this" (Which reinforced my subjective experience, ineffable, at the time) He once invited a handful of us to join him at The Harvard Club. I recall the cups of coffee were so large I felt like Lily Tomlin's character "Edith Ann" as I lifted the cup to my face and it covering my whole view. He was kind, compassionate, inspiring, demanding and disciplined. He was an impressive educator and perfectly cross-pollinated the arts for us as we absorbed such classical works and notions. Thank you Dr. Paul Reisch for helping me get a head-start in academia in college and thereafter and being open to staying in touch for many years. May you Rest in Peace. Respectfully, Caren Messing (P.A.1983-Drama)

Quinn Cassavale 02/11/2015 21:36:08
From: NY, NY
Thank you Dr. Reich for all that you gave me. You were one of the greats. I loved your class (English, HS Performing Arts) and your passion for language and reading. Your lessons have carried me through life and I am grateful.

Luz Alina Muñoz-Rivas 02/11/2015 21:33:34
From: Hauppauge, New York
Dr. Reich, I remember when your hand reached for mine as we posed for a HS Reunion picture...I had just told you that I had followed in your footsteps and had embraced education so that I'd grown up to be an educator - just like you! Your warm smile and twinkling eyes, reaffirmed your love for this student. Yes, "a teacher affects eternity and can never tell where the influence stops." (Henry Brooks Adams) THANK YOU, Dr. Reich! RIP and in paradise.❤️

Timothy Palonen 02/11/2015 20:09:54
From: Brooklyn, NY
Thank you for everything Dr. Reisch. I will never forget you.

Julian Maile 02/11/2015 17:22:52
From: New York city
Thank you Dr. Reisch. I was a sullen teenager sitting in the back of the class, and you moved me up front and demanded I read out loud from a Herman Hesse book. That book, and other literature you shared with us so enthusiastically, opened up my world to a new perspective on what it means to be an artist and a thinking feeling human being. You are remembered. Rest in Peace.

Arthur Gottlieb 02/11/2015 16:28:04
From: Baltimore, MD
It was an honor and a pleasure to have been a student of, and inspired by, Dr. Paul Reisch. Rest in peace Dr. Reisch. Arthur Gottlieb, Music & Art, class of 73.

Stefanie Vinopal 02/11/2015 15:45:14
From: New York. N.Y.
I never had Paul Reich as a teacher during my time at Music and Art, but I remember his dazzling presence and through word of mouth what a truly remarkable teacher he was and the love of literature he infused in all his students. I know a woman 16 yrs. younger than me who went to Performing Arts High School when Paul Reich was the Principal and she couldn't stop heaping praise on 'Dr. Reich', how he inspired so many; how he changed her life and her enthusiasm for literature and the written word. Stefanie Vinopal, Music and Art, Class of '72.

Donna Brown Raskin 02/11/2015 06:34:31
From: Aliso Viejo, CA
Rest in peace, Dr. Reisch. You were one of the best teachers ever. You knew how to tap into your students' minds and souls so they could experience literature from their own points of view as opposed to just yours. You were way ahead of your time, insisting that we search for multiple answers to a given question instead of what was simply right or wrong. To top it off, you were a true gentleman. Mr. Reisch, you have no idea how much you will be missed and by how many people. Deepest condolences to your family, friends and anyone else who loves you.

Dori Hartley 02/11/2015 03:07:48
From: NYC, NY
Best teacher ever. I loved this man and was just telling my child about him the other day. Thanks to Dr. Reisch, I never went without Dante or Chaucer in my life. Music and Art, class of '76.

Robin Sweeting Lewis 02/11/2015 00:52:37
From: Belcamp, Md
Rest in peace Dr. Reisch. Your legacy will live on through all of the students you inspired. Robin Sweeting, Music & Art, class of 78

Jessica Chaiken 02/10/2015 21:26:44
From: Washington, DC
The mark of a great teacher is how well your students remember you, and I remember you well!. Thank you, Dr. Reich, for teaching me about MMe Bovary and the importance of the semi-colon. I hope heaven is a library.


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