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|Saturday, April 01, 2006|
Lorry Lokey showed up for his first day at Alameda Elementary School in Portland like most first-graders: a little lump of clay, hands in pockets, ready to be molded.
The teachers embraced young Lorry and molded him indeed. They had such a profound and lasting effect on Lokey that 70 years after they taught him reading, writing, thinking, respect, he still can recite their names: Miss Moss, Miss Young, Miss Rogers, Miss Wilson, Miss Winkleman. “It was such a complete education,” Lokey remembers. “The quality and the care these women gave us, the concern for our futures, set me on my course. They hammered into us that what went on there would set us for the future.”
Even among this field of champions, Miss Hancock, the librarian, was special to Lokey. She taught him to love reading, which broadened his ideas about what life could be for a young boy growing up in Depression-era Portland. Lokey went on to graduate from Grant High School, and then Stanford University, and eventually founded Business Wire, a corporate news distributor based in San Francisco valued at around $600 million that was just bought by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. To say a local boy did good is what Miss Hancock surely would have labeled an understatement (if not bad grammar).
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