• 12/13/20 Obituary for Maxwell C. Gillette - posted by Paul Judge

Obituary for Maxwell C. Gillette

12/13/20 - posted by Paul Judge

In 1962, enrolled in his Woodshop Class at Presidio Junior High, Maxwell C. Gillette taught me how to respect and use tools, how to make that important kerf cut, and how to join wood together. Mr. Gillette was a dignified, warm and encouraging teacher. He dressed impeccably, even his shop overalls were clean and pressed.

On November 22, 1963 he quietly entered my mechanical drafting class, whispered something to our drafting teacher Mr Johnson. Mr. Johnson’s back stiffened. They both looked at the floor shaking their heads. Mr. Gillette left the room and Mr. Johnson cleared his throat drawing our attention and announced President John Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas.

The obit mentions Mr. Gillette teaching at Roosevelt Jr High and John Adams Vocational School but I only knew of him teaching Industrial Arts at Presidio Jr. High and during summer vacation at LUX Lab at Poly High School.

Maxwell C. Gillette
March 2,1928 - December 10, 2020

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