Well Done, Mr. Van

“So good he couldn't be better,” proclaimed the poster in bold red type. Turning John Van Meter’s famous expression on its head, his English Department colleagues could not have chosen a better way to describe their friend. After 42 years at McDonogh, John Van Meter taught his final class on Friday, February 27. The images below show Mr. Van throughout the years (and fashions!) and end with photos of his final speech class, where surprise guest Howard Klein ’76 recited the selection from Edgar Lee Masters’s Spoon River Anthology that he learned as one of Mr. Van’s first students. When class was dismissed, students, faculty, and staff gathered to offer farewells and hugs.

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