This Site Was Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2006
Site Owner - Stephen Smith
Remember Mark Swanson?
Mark in 1971
When did you attend Priory?
Who was your most unforgettable teacher?
For sheer excellence of teaching, Mrs. Gregory (English), although Mr. Batten (maths) and Mrs. Jackson (French) also deserve grateful mention.
Mr. John Batten Mrs Patricia Jackson
For unconventional teaching methods, Mr. Brinn. (Remember the way he brandished his meter rule?) He not only taught me a lot of physics, he expanded my vocabulary ("Twit!" "Balderdash!" "Poppycock!").
For chemistry experiments that were most instructive even as they went slightly awry, Mr. Cox.
For good humour in the face of students who were (shall we say) less than perfectly helpful, Mr. Lloyd (geography).
Who were your best friends at school?
Andrew Yang and Carol Hill.
Who are you in touch with now?
I've seen John Clarkson a few times. My mother JoAnn Swanson (who was school librarian for a time) has kept up with some of the teachers and staff.
Who would you like to trace if we could?
I'd love to know what Andrew and Carol are doing now.
What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
The *dumbest* thing I did while at Priory was to try out for rugby. Every bone and muscle in my body was sore for a week. My (exceedingly modest) athletic ambitions were fulfilled later, one Sports Day, when I helped Oxford House to a win in the 4x100 relay.
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
I was there in the Simon Blake and Randy Cargill era!
Paul Smith helped keep classes lively during my early days at Priory. I remember him arguing with Mr. Lloyd about peanut trees, or long discussions about the virtues of marmite.
Where do you live and what do you do now?
I've been teaching (Islamic studies and church history) at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota since 1998. Before that, Rosanne and the children and I were in Cairo Egypt for 14 years.
Tell us about any significant others
Rosanne and I were married in Egypt in 1982; she's a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and serves as Director of Pastoral Care at a church in the Twin Cities' suburbs. We have three children: Carl (21) is a university graduate (in art) now working in San Diego; Hannah (18) is in her second year at university, studying French and dance; Rebekah (16) is a high school senior (and varsity volleyball player).
What do you think of the Priory site?
This is a fine piece of work. Thank you, Stephen!
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