Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Remembering Gerald F. Duffee Sr., Educator, 1931 - 2009

Administrator, Teacher, Advisor, Counselor and Coach

Mr. Duffee was that rare person who could relate and connect with young people.

Mr. Duffee hailed from Ridgway, Pennsylvania.  He attained a B.A. degree in Economics and Business at Bethany College, B.S. degree in Education from Mansfield University, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration, Supervision and Guidance from St. Bonaventure University.

He began his teaching career at the Austin High School, Austin, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1960s and retired in 1985 as the High School Principal.

During his career at the Austin Area School District, he would teach history and drivers education, serve as guidance counselor, athletic director, basketball coach, and National Honor Society and Student Council Advisor.

Mr. Duffee was also a civic-minded person who coached Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Austin-Costello Sportsman's Club.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having served in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Duffee was a life-time member of VFW Post 7810 serving as the Post Commander in 1971-72 and was a member of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Below, are pictures of Mr. Duffee which appeared in the Austin Area School District, Austin, PA., yearbooks:

Mr. Duffee, Principal, 1971



1974, Student Council Advisor




1977
1977


1978

1980





1984


1985
1991


1992

The insert at the bottom of the picture above reads:

"Mr. Duffee, we want you to know That we really do not want you to go. You have been a part of our growing up years.  You've put up with our joys and our tears. We've caused you headaches, oh yes we did!! But you always forgave us, 'cause we are your kids.

We wish you good health and good luck, too.  Mr Duffee, we sure will miss you!"




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