||We have gathered together to celebrate the life and mourn the death of Lionel Frankel-husband, father, brother, teacher, colleague, and friend. We celebrate his life because he brought us uncommon gifts of decency, sensitivity, humanity, and compassion. We mourn his death because we will miss his presence deeply, even as we will treasure the gifts he brought us for many years to come. He made us all better persons and this place a better school where great teaching and respect for students are the first priority and decency, humanity, and compassion are highly valued. We who have known him for many years always appreciated his unique contributions to our community and to each of us individually. His students came to recognize these qualities in Lionel intuitively, and it is why many of them remember Lionel with great fondness as their finest teacher, their lifelong friend, and a model for what it means to be a decent human being.