Service set for former Ladera principal John Vincent Portola Valley, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jul 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm
A memorial service has been set for Saturday, Aug. 25, for John Vincent, who served as principal of Ladera School from 1968 to 1978 and vice principal of La Entrada School for many years. He died July 18 at age 84.
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Posted by Peter Caryotakis, a resident of the Portola Valley: Ladera neighborhood, on Jul 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm
You know someone had an effect on your life if announcements like this affect you after 35 years without seeing or hearing anything about those who have died.
I still have the wood carvings that Mr. Vincent helped us all make at Ladera School in the 70's: a shorebird burned to make the texture of the wood rise up, and a painted wood decoy duck. As principal, he even stepped forward one year to offer us an advanced math class.
Best wishes and condolences to his family.
I'm sure that he has a list of thousands who would have wonderful things to say about his contributions.
Posted by David Ruder, a resident of another community, on Jul 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm
As a retired music teacher, having taught at both Ladera and La Entrada Schools, I knew John well. He was an infrequent visitor, when able, to our retirees breakfasts and luncheons, and thus I was privileged to share in his life after both of our retirements.
We had a number of touch points of common interest besides working side by side in two different schools. We shared our faith together; he was interested in music; we both had been part of the Alaskan culture, and, as Peter mentions, I also received one of those painted wood decoy ducks.
John was a perfect fit for his administrative tasks at La Entrada and will be missed.