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Dear Editor:

I'm writing in regards to some very sad news that I received this morning from my brother, Bill Chick. He had a phone call from a very special man in both of our lives, Mr. Robert Tuttle, our high school vocational agriculture teacher and FFA supervisor. He wanted to let us know that he was at home in hospice care at this time, and that his students had been a big part of his life.

I'm not sure about Bill, but I know that without a teacher like Mr. Tuttle, I doubt that I would have finished high school. He not only taught us about agriculture, he taught us respect and helped prepare us for life -- even at the end of his paddle once in a while.

At the time I attended Delta High School, I was one of the first girls to be allowed in the agriculture program; therefore, I was only able to have my last two years with him. I know that he was inducted into the FFA Hall Of Fame recently, and we were so proud to see that he received the recognition he deserved. I'm sure that I'm not his only student that he has been a major influence on, but I just want him to know how important his life has been.

Raye Ann Chick
Sunland Park, N.M.

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