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News - November 27, 2009

Around Town

WE WANT UNCLE BEAR BACK ... Castilleja School students and alumnae have raised a chorus of protest over the unexplained absence from campus of longtime arts, film and drama teacher Bear Capron. "Uncle Bear" Capron, in the midst of overseeing the school's fall production, "Twelfth Night," disappeared from campus in late October. The popular teacher's absence has sparked heartfelt letters to school trustees and a 455-member Facebook group pleading for his return and testifying to his impact on students over two decades. "Anyone who has ever interacted with him cannot help but feel the caring and inspiration that he radiates," wrote Jessica Feinstein from the Class of 2002. Added Melissa Palmer, '09: "Girls that are not so lucky as to quickly find their place on campus can feel alone and overwhelmed unless they are able to find a personal mentor. Bear Capron is one of the most utilized personal mentors on campus." From former student Eleanor Liu: "Mr. Capron made us laugh daily. He comforted us; he taught us — by his stories and through his actions — to act for what we believed in. He taught us to find our hearts, on stage and off." Capron's phone message recording states he is "on leave of absence and will not be checking his voicemail." Head of School Joan Lonergan assured the Castilleja community in early November that Capron "is in good health." "He and I have been engaged in some extended, confidential discussions," Lonergan said, adding that she hoped to share more "in a week or so." More than two weeks later, the school still had no further comment. Urging protesters to continue making their voices heard, Castilleja alumna Paz Hilfinger-Pardo noted to the Facebook throng: "Ms. Lonergan has a picture on the door to her office which says: 'Well-behaved women rarely make history.' Here's to the non-compliance which makes us Castilleja women!"

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 28, 2009 at 6:45 am

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 28, 2009 at 6:49 am

This link summarizes the information we know:

Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

why is this noteworthy in the greater Palo Alto community?

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