In Memory

Carol Carlson**

Carol Carlson**

    

Carol A. Carlson Rainoff
1941 - 2003

Jim Love, class of 1967 - Ms Carlson taught English 1966-67. I had her last class in the afternoon. She was very supportive of individual writing efforts and my first poetry critic. Sandy Edwards has some good things to say about her encouragement in Sandy's writing. By the way, Mr Hill had the hots for Ms Carlson and stopped in mid-sentence one day in class when she walked by the windows! It was hilarious and he blushed crimson.

Sandra (Sandi Edwards) Wachtel - Miss Carlson had a profound impact on me, she was the reason I made the choice to major in English Literature in college. She saw in me something I did not see even in myself. She thought I had the ability to become a fine poet.

In a gesture that came as quite a surprise to me (and probably many of my classmates as well [smile]) , she gave me the Senior English award for outstanding work in that field. At graduation she gave me a gift of the "Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry" by Conrad Aiken. It is a book from which I still read and hold dear.  I wrote to her once when I was a Freshman in college and she was kind enough to write me back with words of encouragement.

Although later my field of study and career took a very different path, I never stopped writing the occasional poem or lost my love of reading poetry. I owe that to Carol Carlson. Over the years, she has crossed my mind many times. May she rest in peace.

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The Johnson High alumni will miss Ms. Carlson very much.