Stotts - English and Speech
Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 08:12 PM


Jeffrey S. Leaman

Believe it or not, one of my favorites was Mr. Stotts. Anybody recall him?

Ginny Bayers Herzog

Yes, Jeff, loved Stotts and his English class! He made Greek Mythology so cool!

Richard (Ike) Eichhorn

I had Stotts for speech class.  It was one of my most memorable high school classes.  It was also where we watched the unfolding Kennedy assination that terrible afternoon.  Who could ever forget?

Jim Carriger

Mr. (Larry) Stotts would probably appreciate a quick note from his fans. He lives in Edina next door to my parents old house. He was a great neighbor to my parents.

4205 W. 42nd St., Edina  55416

Ginny Bayers Herzog

Thanks Jim. I knew that Stotts lived on 42nd but was unsure of the exact address. Hope to reconnect with him.

Thomas Anderson

I  was fortunate to have Larry Stotts as my English teacher. I considered him the best teacher I ever had, and was lucky enough one day to be able to tell that to him personally. I was about to turn onto Hwy 100, back when it was a 4 lane road, and I noticed him walking to school on the gravel shoulder. I pulled over to the side of the road, and greeted him. We talked briefly, and just before parting I thanked him for being the best teacher I had at Edina, as-well-as all my college instructors. I believe  what made Larry Stotts so good was his passion for the job, his love for his students, and his willingness to give 110% of himself to whatever task he took on. He connected with his students in such a way that they knew he would do whatever it took to make them better.

Carol L. Oberg Speliopoulos

I, too, had Mr. Stotts and thought he was a once-in-a-lifetime teacher....and my favorite!  He was tough, fair, funny...really excellent!  I still have the image of him sitting on a front desk..."talking" to us was his style, rather than lecturing from the front.  He "pushed" us to be our best, AND...he actually taught the mechanics and structure of the language, which I'm not sure they do as much these days.  Computers have generally taken over the written language aspect...but not the spoken language!

Margie S. Tudor Thompson

I always thought Mr Stotts was one of the best teachers at Edina;  didn't realize how many other classmates felt the same.   I hope he hears how much he meant to us.

Douglas Grabham

Had three disjointed thoughts reading some of the comments since signing on...:

1. I fully agree on the passion and impact of Larry Stotts...he is the reason I majored in English.   Anyone remember the play he directed our senior year?  Big production of "Cyranno"  The memory I carry:   he pulled people together from different groups to break down walls and build a wider community.

Barbara J. Subak Kruse

I'm happy to hear Mr. Stotts is doing well.  I thought I remembered he had some medical difficulties around the time we graduated?  Hope I'm wrong.  It's been good to read everyone's memories about the faculty.  A few of my favorites were Mr. McCarthy who made sense of the world of economics, Mr. Green who treated geometry like a puzzle, and Mrs. Kaufman who made us use root words, prefixes and suffixes in defining and spelling words.  Still use that!  We really were fortunate to have had so many great role models for teachers.  It would be interesting to be able to compare their salaries to the corporate world of the time!  See you all next month and thanks again to the reunion committee!

Keith E. Hilgendorf

Mr Stotts has done some summer time work out at the Braemar Golf Course over the past several years.  Seems like he had not changed a lick from when I had him for speech class - and he does remember the class of 64.  He and his wife spend their winters in Texas - not sure when they leave for there.  He still has his great sense of humor!