Dean_WardDean Ward (1904-1991) was a teaching principal at Tuxedo, a feeder into Flat Rock High. Many of Ward’s students went on to academic and professional distinction. Robert Morgan, the famed writer and Cornell professor who attended the banquet, wrote his first short story in 1957 as a sixth-grade assignment from Ward. Ward instructed Morgan to write on how a man lacking a gun or knife might escape the wilderness. Morgan did, with resourceful details. Ward’s view was “language should be articulate, lucid, and grammatically correct,” noted his son Scott Ward, 70, who epitomized that himself. He was a rare books librarian at Harvard, before working for the Defense Department specializing in nine languages.

2012 Education Hall of Fame