Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Disturbing, hilarious, inspiring; a true friend.

We laughed and cried quite a bit on Sunday afternoon – remembering and celebrating Dave Gould, who died on July 10 after an astoundingly adventurous and meaningful life.

Dave taught, coached, advised, chaired the history department and changed hundreds of lives during a 31-year career at Durham Academy. In 2012, he was the inaugural recipient of the DA Alumni Faculty Legacy Award (click here to see a few photographs of that award ceremony). 

Dave was a dear friend and key mentor of mine for 24 years. At Sunday’s service, I did my best to describe his impact on me and so many DA alumni and families. Click here to read my remarks, which include words from Chris Rosati ‘89, Kathy Cleaver, Emily Glick ‘05, Cristina Tomasi, Chris Rosati ‘89, Kathy Cleaver, Emily Glick ‘05, Sean Bilsborrow ‘94 and David Musante ’87.

Teresa Engebretsen (who knew, loved and jousted with Dave for more than three decades), blogged about this Merry Prankster yesterday. Click here to see her lovely post.

Teresa also shared the photographs gathered for Sunday’s Celebration of Life. Click here to see Gouldie in Hamilton, San Francisco, Durham, Australia, Canada, China, Afghanistan and more.

Dave’s wife Lyn and daughters Keira ’00 and Emma ’02 welcome notes and memories sent to 3993 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham NC, 27705-4315.



Posted by mulkus on Tuesday August, 2, 2016 at 10:57AM


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