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Cathy McNamara Remembers

Jon-Erik Hexum Memorial Service: Cathy McNamara, His Fifth Grade Teacher, Remembers Her Former Student

Smith School,
Downey Dr.,
Tenafly, NJ 07670
 
Nov. 12, 1984
 
 
Dear Mr. Mueller,
 
Mr. Miller told us about the memorial service for Jack Hexum and asked if we had anything to write about Jack, to let you know.
 
I had Jack in the 5th grade at Smith School.  It was my first teaching position in Tenafly and the boys and girls in that class were wonderful.  I will never forget them and the good year we had together!
 
As I remember Jack, he was a quiet boy with a "twinkle" in his blue eyes.  He was a very nice boy who was interested in "magic" and did a "magic show" for us at one of our classroom parties.  I believe, later on, he did "magic shows" at birthday parties.
 
But what I remember most about Jack, was the part he had in the play we put on that year, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."  He had one of the leading parts and really did a great job!
 
I never saw Jack after that until last year when I had gone to see a play at the John Harms Theatre in Englewood that one of my former students was in.
 
At intermission, there was excited talk that John Eric Hexum was in the theater that night.  After the show was over, I saw Jack surrounded by many "admirers".  I waited to get a chance to say "hello".  He was very surprised to see me and thanked me for going over to talk to him! I couldn't help but think that with all of his success as a star, he didn't let it go to his head, but was very nice to all who waited for a chance to talk to him.  He was still the nice, "down to earth" Jack that I remembered.
 
I don't know if this is what you wanted or not, Mr. Mueller, but this is what I remember about Jack Hexum.
 
Sincerely,

Cathy McNamara


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