“Good teachers are rare and needed.”

Walter always insisted on reviewing students’ plans at registration. He refused assistance.Finally he was holding up the lines, and he agreed to have an assistant…me, Ron Baker, in English then. I “assisted’ for several years, and I have many stories of his dedication to students.

Incidentally, when I resigned as head of English at SFU, Walter phoned me to say that he wasn’t disappointed:”Good teachers are rare and needed.” That cheered me up in a bad time.

Ron Baker
BA 1951
MA 1953
Order of Canada 1978