In Memory

Muriel (Hopkins) Payne (Art Teacher)

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04/22/16 02:22 PM #1    

Cathy/Cate Caldwell (Culver)

I remember Miss Hopkins well. She was a good art teacher and gave me a lot of encouragement. I enjoyed art class very much.

However my most fun memory of her was when she was dating Earl Payne a photographer. My dad (Edson Caldwell, a professor of Education at Sac State) knew them both, and had arranged a date for them to join us on an antique bottle digging trip in Reno. So Miss Hopkins arrived in peddle-pushers and cute as a button. We dug for bottles in an old brothel and found some nice bottles. It was a bit dirty with shovels and dirty flying, digging in old dumps, but Muriel was a good sport. I'm thinking it was Earl who was the collector and my parents, Muriel just came along to be with Earl. They made a cute couple and later married.

I saw her at our 50th reunion. She was sitting with the teachers and as I approached she recognized me, which was very touching. She asked what I'd done with my art talent and showed a genuine interest. I've had a career in advertising as a graphic artist and she was pleased with my report. She looked frail, and enjoyed our conversation. For me I enjoyed seeing Miss Hopkins more than my old class mates. A good teacher impacts ones life and she did.

Cate Caldwell Culver

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