Mr. Mark Joseph Ule
- December 4, 1947 - April 25, 2010
- Bay Village, Ohio
of Mark's Passing
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Such special memeories of Carol and Mark's wedding and their years together. I love thinking about standing with Mark on the 18th Green at Pebble Beach. May all our wonderful memories keep Mark forever in our hearts. Love to Carol and her girls.
Posted by: Rosemary Brogan - Friend Oct 01, 2011
Mr. Ule was my high school chemistry teacher. I wasn't a fan of chemistry, but I always looked forward to his class. He had a way of twisting a boring lesson into something interesting and fun. His humor and wit permeated the class. He talked about making brownies out of nothing but chemicals from the lab and setting water on fire. I still tell my kids about the day he drew a diagram of the atom on the blackboard, telling
Posted by: Michael Litty - Former Student Apr 18, 2011
Mr. Ule was by far my favorite teacher and a warm, caring, and special person. After the enjoyment I experienced in his chemistry classes I later earned a degree in chemical engineering. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Jamie Gomoll - Student Nov 25, 2010
Mark was my science teacher wayyyyyyy back -- over forty years ago --- at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California. I remember him vividly as a kind and loving man who taught KIDS more than he taught Biology or Chemistry. I am positive that he was one of the role models of my youth who motivated me to enter public education and I am in my thirty-fifth year!
His death was mentioned in the Bishop Montgomery alumni magazine
Posted by: Michael McSweeney - Tacoma, WA - former student Oct 25, 2010
Mr. Ule was an amazing teacher, one of my all time favorites. His love of teaching and every single one of his students was apparent. We had a silly nickname for him, "Mr. Molec'ule'. He thought that name was great! I smile just thinking about all of the funny, wonderful things he used to do in class. He was an inspiration to all of his students and touched so many lives- he will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Jodee Janda - San Diego, CA - Student- class of 1978 Aug 25, 2010
I was so sorry to hear about your family's loss. I'm sure you will have many more posts, as former students find out about Mr. Ule passing on. What a great teacher he was! You never knew what he would do next. I always remember his famous handstands. He had an infectious smile and passed on his enthusiasm for chemistry to all his students. I have no doubt he is smiling down on you from heaven! "The blossom cannot tell
Posted by: Judy Hart Lancaster BHS '80 - Cartersville, VA - Former Student May 26, 2010
I have such fond memories of Mr. Ule and always looked forward to chemistry because of him. He will be greatly missed by all. God Bless.
Posted by: Liza Hollo - San Francisco, CA - BHS Grad May 13, 2010
Mr. Ule was truly one of my favorite teachers. His love of Chemistry and his passion for teaching were very visible in the classroom. So many great memories but I will especially never forget the colored chalk, the sponge eraser used to make the black board pristine, the classical music played during exams, and his "cat-like reflexes" that he used to catch a flask that had fallen and bounced onto the floor without breaking during a demonstration. My prayers go out to the Ule family during this difficult time. God bless you, Mr. Ule. May you rest in peace.
Posted by: Sarah (Hess) Husk - Lafayette, IN - Former student May 12, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. May your memories of Mark carry you through this difficult time.
Posted by: Kim G. May 06, 2010
Of course, Mr. Ule was an expert chemistry teacher, but also a fine man who ran a classroom where learning and experience were never trumped by standardized tests and other futilities. So when he saw us getting burned out around mid-terms he had us sit in a room lit only by Bunsen burners and listen to Classical music. No small feat to keep the attention of 30-odd 17 year-olds w/ nothing but Bach, but we would never think of disobeying
Posted by: Scott Borchert - Chicago, IL - Former student May 05, 2010
Dear Ule family,
When we heard of Mark's death, our first thought was this: We are sent here for a reason. Clearly, Mark's was to excite and inspire his students to embrace the sciences. He did that beyond measure!
Thank you, "Mr. Ule" and rest in peace. Well done!
Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom and Janet Kauker
Posted by: Tom and Janet Kauker - Bay Village, OH - Our sons' teacher May 04, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the Ule family at this time. Mr. Ule was an amazing teacher and a mentor you looked forward to seeing every day. Not only was Mr. Ule my teacher, but I was fortunate to have Mr. Ule as a neighbor as well. Like clockwork every evening, we'd see Mr. Ule running down Marvis or Walmar, and a wave in the air was guaranteed! Mr. Ule was a wonderful teacher and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from him. - Michelle Brugh - Bay High class of1986
Posted by: Michelle Brugh - Columbus, OH - Former Student & Neighbor May 04, 2010
Dear Carol and family,
I just hear of Mark's passing, and am so shocked and saddened, I didn't even know of his illness. I always thought I would have the opportunity to see him again, he was such a special human being. I wish I could have been one of his students, he was obviously one of the best.
I always loved to have lunch with Mark, and really got to know him well during the my last years of teaching, one
Posted by: Connie Harmon - CA May 02, 2010
Mr. Ule was truly a wonderful teacher and what he taught in the classroom and outside the classroom will never be forgotten. He was so dedicated to his students and had a passion for teaching that is/was rarely match by others. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ule family. God Bless.
Posted by: Sarah (Gress) and Matt Orlousky - Columbus, OH - Student/Neighboor May 02, 2010
Dear Carol and family,
As neighbors on Marvis Drive, we admired and were inspired by Mark's meticulous lawn and landscaping. He loved the out-of-doors and we watched him run the streets, day after day. He was not strong enough recently and we missed that. We are running in our first 5K Race for the Cure this month in his memory!! Thank you Mark, for giving so much to all those who knew you.
Paul and Carol Gress
Posted by: Carol Gress - Neighbors May 02, 2010
I had the pleasure of working with Mark from 1975 until 1999 and I can certainly attest to the fact that he was a very caring person, exemplary teacher, and great friend. I have such great memories of observing his engaging teaching strategies, discussing politics, jogging throughout the streets of Bay Village, and playing softball on the same team with Mark for 24 years. What a loss for colleagues, friends, former students, and especially for Carol, Sue, and Laura and
Posted by: Joe Loomis - Carmel, IN - Colleague & Friend May 02, 2010
I never had Mr. Ule as a teacher, but knew both of his daughters. I was so saddened to hear the news of his passing. My thoughts are with his family and all of those he made an impact on throughout the years.
Posted by: Krysten (Fisk) Kowalski - BHS Grad May 02, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of the greatest and most influential teachers I have ever had, and one of my favorite. He made chemistry entertaining right down to the Kool-Aid he used for examples - always written with the trademark sign of course. We never could get him to walk on his hands, but we were able to convince him, after the AP test, to let us watch the british periodic table movie with exploding elements, T-rex flourines, and an awesome
Posted by: Katherine Finlay - Christiansburg, VA - former student May 02, 2010
Mark was one of the special teachers who made my life as a counselor so much easier. His empathy, care, understanding & insights into his students helped make their time at Bay High so much more meaningful. My memories, condolences and prayers will always be with him and his family.
Posted by: Addie Revnyak - North Olmsted, OH - Friend & Colleague May 01, 2010
I had Mr. Ule for Honors Chemistry and like many others I decided to take AP Chemistry mostly because he taught it and made it fun. I remember sitting in a college lecture hall for Chemistry and thinking back on how Mr. Ule made the material fun and easy. He was a wonderful teacher and I will never forget some of the things he taught me.
Posted by: Claire McKinney - Bay Village, OH - Former Student May 01, 2010
Mr. Ule was such an incredible teacher-I am so saddened by his passing. He always encouraged us to keep asking questions and to never give up. He always challenged us. We will miss you Mr. Ule
Posted by: Mary Ellen Ball Poole - Chicago, IL - Student May 01, 2010
He was an amazing teacher. I never expected chemistry would be so fun. I was sad to hear of his passing and I send my prayers to his family.
Posted by: Kellie Storm Stoddard - Lumberton, TX - student Apr 30, 2010
I would like to send my sincerest sympathies to the Ule family.
Mr. Ule was a huge help to me and his class was one I looked forward to. He made a subject that was confusing for me easy in the end. I actually grew to like the subject, study more and use in career skills. Thank you Mr. Ule! Thank you for straightening it all out!
Posted by: Erin Saxton - Bay Village, OH - Student Apr 30, 2010
Mark Ule was my uncle; my father's sister Carol married him some years before I ever arrived on this earth. I remember going to 'Uncle Mark and Aunt Carol's for family get togethers. They had a great big back yard and I always had to wander through Uncle Mark's garden - we always had and wanted to be careful to extract frisbees out of it. As most people know, my Uncle Mark was a pleasant man. He had a natural
Posted by: Kevin E. Hricik - Chicago, IL - Nephew Apr 30, 2010
I can certainly vouch for the fact Mr. Ule was one of the most loved and respected teachers at Bay High School during my four years there as an honor student. Unfortunately for me, I did not have Mr. Ule for Chemistry, but my interactions with him were always pleasant. He was always willing to help when needed. Mr. Ule will be missed by the thousands of lives he touched in his long and successful teaching career.
It is tragic
Posted by: Bob Bartley - Fishers, IN - Bay High School Class of 1995 Apr 30, 2010
I remember feeling really jazzed about knowing I had Mr. Ule coming up next period. I remember dry ice and thinking science is cool. I'm sure Mr. Ule had a large part in making me the geek I am today..
Posted by: Rob Gersna Apr 30, 2010
Mr. Ule made honors chemistry one of the best classes i had in high school. I am sure all of us who knew him will miss him very much.
Posted by: Bartholomew Brown - Bay Village, OH - student Apr 29, 2010
When I think back over the teachers with whom I've worked, Mark Ule was distinct. Not only was Mark a model professional educator, but he was a model human being. He was generous of mind and spirit. He was kind in manner and influence. He was fun, sincere, genuine, authentic. What an impact Mark had on the young lives of so many! Mark was tolerant of differences while maintaining standards of excellence. The number of years he came to school
Posted by: Alan - Bay Village, OH - Former Colleague Apr 29, 2010
I had Mr. Ule sophomore year of high school in honors chemistry. Early on he became fond of calling me "Jackie-lantern" -- and I really didn't mind. I decided to take AP chemistry, not because I loved the subject, but because I wanted Mr. Ule for a teacher again! He was the most engaged, compassionate, invested teacher I have ever had. And because of him, I will never erase a chalkboard from the bottom up. You are missed Mr. Ule!
Posted by: Jackie Wolf - former student, BHS '04 Apr 29, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of the best teachers I've ever had. I don't remember many specifics of chemistry class, but I do remember his smile and his passion for education and science. I am a teacher now, and he set the bar high. He genuinely cared for his students and his responsibility to us. I do remember one time we were being disrespectul, and he got mad. He raised his voice, which was something he had never done. We all
Posted by: Sarah Robertson - Cincinnati, OH - student Apr 29, 2010
Mr. Ule was an amazing teacher, and I am still using what he taught me.
I remember one day in class when it was really nice outside, people were kind of antsy, and one person had a Jenga game in his bag. While lecture was going on, someone snuck it out, set it up in the far isle, and we took turns sneaking around to play it. After a few rounds, Mr. Ule caught on. He looked down the isle
Posted by: Alexander Brown - Bay Village, OH - Student Apr 29, 2010
I'm very sorry to hear about Mr. Ule's passing and his battle with cancer. He was an excellent teacher and he taught me skills I still use today. He was the best.
Posted by: Sara Mottaz - Seattle, WA - Student BHS 1985 Apr 29, 2010
Mr Ule was one of my favorite teachers in high school - I wasn't the best chemistry student, but he was very easy to talk to and made every effort to help me understand a challenging subject! I am so sorry for the family's loss. May he rest in peace.
Posted by: Kristina - Greenville, NC - past student Apr 29, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of my favorite teachers in high school. His love of chemistry and teaching was evident in all of the classes and labs that he taught. I remember how he always had a smile on his face when we would walk into his class. He inspired me to pursue a career in science and while not in chemistry, I still use principles that he taught me today. The success of an educator is measured by those who
Posted by: Mara Lennard Richard - Stafford, VA - student Apr 29, 2010
I am saddend to hear of Mr. Ule's passing. He was a great teacher and will be sorely missed. I don't know why I loved chemistry in High School but it was probably because I had one of the best teachers and motivators. The draino and sugar experiment was cool. David Wallace Class of 1975.
Posted by: David Wallace - Student Apr 29, 2010
I still remember the fun we had in class the day he let two of the football players use a Queen song to explain the lesson for the day...what a blast! Mr. Ule was such a happy person, you couldn't help but love class.
My heart goes out to his family in their loss.
Posted by: Wendy Griffin - Gilbert, SC - Class of 1978 student Apr 29, 2010
I had Mr. Ule for Chemistry when I was in high school at Bay in the late 90s. I have some great memories of that time. This was very sad news to hear. Many condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Posted by: Karen McOscar - student Apr 29, 2010
Hands down, my favorite teacher ever. There is no way to begin to describe the sense of community Mr. Ule was able to create in his classroom. I have such fond memories of the time I spent in his classes and am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Posted by: Kristen Consolo Apr 29, 2010
I will have memories of Mr. Ule forever. We had a blast in his chemistry class. He always made the learning fun. He will be missed dearly. I know i can speak for alot of my class as well.
Posted by: Shannon Lavender - student at bhs class of 94 Apr 29, 2010
I still to this day have great memories of my time in Mr. Ule's Chemistry class! I also have the memory of Mr. Ule being an extremely caring teacher. The type of teacher that touches your life and makes you want to succeed.
I feel blessed to have had Mr. Ule as a teacher. I am deeply saddened by this news.
Posted by: Cindy Chiara - Columbus, OH - Student Apr 29, 2010
I loved Mr. Molec "ule" . He had a lasting impression on me from his great chem class - I still have my notebook 33 years later! I was just talking about him a couple of days ago - loved that chemistry nickname. I had him about the time sweet emotion came out from Aerosmith, we used to sing sweeeeet emulsion :)
He was a great teacher!
Posted by: Debbie Wallis - student class of 77 Apr 29, 2010
Mr. Ule was the most sincere, entertaining and dedicated teacher I had at BHS. May his family take comfort and pride in the countless number of young students he molded and guided. Rest in peace, Mark.
Posted by: Kristen Ritter Geiger - Columbus , OH Apr 29, 2010
I had Mr. Ule for Honors Chemistry my Sophomore year of high school. I'll never forget taking notes from the blackboard that looked more like a work of art than Chemistry formulas (he always wrote in different colors of sidewalk chalk- the boring white just would not do). His sense of humor always helped to make a subject that many struggled with enjoyable. He was an amazing teacher who gave so much to his students and will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him over his years at Bay High School.
Posted by: Lindsey Overdorff - Bay Village, OH - Former Student, Class of 2007 Apr 29, 2010
I am a graduate of the 2005 class of Bay Village. I was a student of Mark Ule's for honors Chemistry.
Mr. Ule was one of a handful of teachers in my life that left a lasting impression on who I have become today. I struggled in high school with depression and I can remember his compassion in my time of pain. He did what great teachers did best; teach students to be more empathetic, to be more curious, and
Posted by: Molly Sweeney - Detroit, MI - Student Apr 29, 2010
I had Mark for Science Major Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry, and he was truly a gifted teacher. May his memory be eternal, and may those who mourn his passing find peace.
Posted by: Daniel Weick - New York, NY - Former Student-BHS '01 Apr 29, 2010
Mr Ule was my 10th grade chemistry teacher, and he was just fun. I will always remember the day that he set off a fireball in our chemistry class. He made it fun! He was always really supportive of his students and will be sorely missed.
Posted by: Jenifer Cudney Apr 29, 2010
His Socrates lecture on the first day of class did more for me than any philosophy course or reading I've done since. Mr. Ule knew himself and his subject, and he knew a surefire way to get others there: ask questions, and take Mozart as your soundtrack! He was part of the inspiration that led me down the track of teaching at the college level, and he remains one of my most-admired role models.
Posted by: Armin Karim - Cleveland, OH - Former Student Apr 29, 2010
I never had Mr. Ule as a teacher but I always heard fantastic things about him and saw the light he brought into many student's lifes. May he rest in peace.
Posted by: Amy - Former BHS student Apr 29, 2010
More than ten years ago I was a student in Mr. Ule’s Science Major Chemistry class, and I will never forget his personality, his caring attitude, and all that he taught me both about chemistry and about life in general. When I first met Mr. Ule it was to get his authorization to take his course, because at that time I didn’t have the necessary math background even though I wanted to take the course. He agreed, and said that
Posted by: Jason E. Kulyan - Boulder, CO - Former Chemistry Student, BHS Apr 29, 2010
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Ule's illness and death. He was far too young.
My senior year I landed in Mr. Ule's chemistry class. I was afraid I wouldn't do well and so I took the class pass/fail which took the pressure off, but it also miffed Mr. Ule. It is a credit to his teaching that I actually would have gotten a good grade had I not gone pass/fail.
There are so many things I can't remember about
Posted by: Robin (Troia) Schmidt, '80 - Redford, MI - Student Apr 29, 2010
he was a really great teacher.
the potassium experiment was awesome, and i never thought that wearing brown polyester pants was cool until i saw him do it.
he really inspired a love of science in me, and i think chemistry can be kind of boring if you don't approach it the right way... but when he taught it, it was clear that he was really enthralled with it, and it was through chemsitry that you could could really figure out...
Posted by: todd pressler - boston, MA - former student Apr 29, 2010
Mr Ule, you were the best teacher i ever had. you will be missed. Thank you for all you did for us.
Posted by: Michael Smith - North Ridgeville , OH - former student Apr 29, 2010
Working with Mark in the science department was one of the great joys of my life. Nobody had a way with liquid nitrogen like Mark! The courtyard at Bay High is a memorial to his love of landscaping. I hope knowing that Mark was loved by his students and his colleagues is a comfort now in this time of grief. My deepest sympathy to Carol, Sue and Laura.
Posted by: Marge Preslan - Bay Village, OH - Friend Apr 29, 2010
Mr. Ule was an amazing teach that made our Chemistry class so much fun. It's so incredibly heart breaking to think he is no longer with us. I send my deepest sympathies and fondest memories in order to keep him alight in our hearts:
Thanks Mark, for letting David and I play Jenga while the juniors had to take an Ohio required test.
Posted by: Meghann Smith - Toledo, OH - former student Apr 29, 2010
Hearing about the loss of Mr Ule saddens me deeply. He was an incredably intelligent, funny, but most importantly, Caring teacher. one memory I have of him stands out. I wasn't the greatest science student and had to struggle to get B's and C's in his class. Even with that in mind, he sent a handwritten note in the mail with my last report card sophomore year, telling my mother that I had done a good job in his class. Thanks Mr Ule, you always showed that you really cared and you will be missed.
Posted by: Jonah Martin - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
One of my favorite teachers at Bay High School. I am very sorry for your loss and my prayers are with Mr. Uhle.
Mike Redinger '82
Posted by: Mike Redinger - Strongsville, OH - former student & Neighbor Apr 28, 2010
Carol, Susan and Laura - I am so sorry for your loss. Although it has been a long time, solid loving families like yours remain on your mind. As much as I didn't like science "Mr. Ule" as I called him back in high school made it fun. I enjoyed being a part of your family during those babysitting years! Please accept my prayers for all of you. Jeanne Britton Hutter
Posted by: Jeanne Britton Hutter - MN - student of his, babysitter Apr 28, 2010
I am so saddened to learn of Mr. Ule’s passing. He was a wonderful person and an exceptional educator. He got us to see how chemistry influences our everyday world. Many of my best memories from high school were in his classes. He always put his students first and made sure we knew how much he cared about us. I remember he even had my senior AP class over to his house for breakfast once. Mr. Ule helped shape my
Posted by: Lauren Joyce - Columbus, OH - former student Bay High 01' Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of my favorite teachers. Just last week I was going through a box of stuff from high school and found one of his positive notes, needless to say it went in the keep pile. My condolences to his family.
Posted by: Aylin Drabousky (Sayir) - Twinsburg, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
My Uncle was a gentle soul who will be truly missed. I've had many found memories growing up discussing science with him. He had a passion for the topic and was admired by many around him for his knowledge and search for truth.
I've met so many people on the Westside of Cleveland who knew my Uncle as a great teacher and advisor. Bay High was lucky to have him!
Thank to you those who have said such wonderful comments about a wonderful man.
God bless him and the rest of my family who are dealing with this loss.
Posted by: Brian Hricik - Westlake, OH - relative Apr 28, 2010
I don't think I ever actually completed any of the labs, becuase my lab partner and I would eventually blow something up or ruin something else, but nonetheless Mr. Ule kept trying and teaching. He truely was gifted and brilliant, I can't imagine having to explain Chemestry to a bunch of freshman during the last hour of school every day, but he did it, and made it fun. He will be greatly missed by so many.
Posted by: Emily Pressler - State College,, PA - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
I had Mr. Ule for 1st period chemistry class, and although I wasn't the best student, he was always so cool to me. I remember him walking on his hands one day for the class, and it was so funny! Thanks for teaching me the periodic table and more Mark! Can I call you that now that I'm an adult?
Posted by: Brandon Sadens - Phoenix, AZ - Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was an amazing teacher and great mentor! He will be greatly missed! My sympathy goes out to his wife and children.
Posted by: Laura Nehoda Apr 28, 2010
Both my mother, (Karin Zisko) and I had Mr. Ule for Chemistry (she advancing onto AP Chem) but I specifically remember even before high school her telling me all the great things about Mr. Ule and how I would miss out if I did not take him for Chemistry After his class, I know she was exactly right. Mr. Ule was not only a great teacher but a great person and I will remember him always.
Posted by: Karina Kendrick - Morgantown, WV - Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was a wonderful teacher, and was always counted amongst my favorites in my memories of high school. He was a truly kind soul who loved what he did. There are many things I'll never forget, the most prominent being when he walked on his hands across the classroom (upon strong encouragement, of course, from the students in the class). Though I was never a great chemistry student by any means, Mr. Ule made the subject fun and accessible. The world has lost a wonderful educator and a truly great person.
Posted by: Amy Pawlukiewicz - Lakewood, OH - Student Apr 28, 2010
I was not a lover of science, but I loved Mr. Ule's class. He had high expectations and pushed us to do our best, but created an incredibly warm environment in his classroom. Mr. Ule had a kind, quiet, and gentle personality, but his passion for science and for students was very evident. It seems pretty clear that he has had a major impact on many people just by being the person of character that he was. Thank-you, Mr. Ule!
Posted by: Lindsey Owens - Khartoum, Sudan - Student Apr 28, 2010
One of the greatest teachers I have ever had. You will be missed, Mr. Ule.
Posted by: Kim Ziemnik Hoyle - Denver, NC Apr 28, 2010
This is such sad news. Mr. Ule was one of my favorites. He truly was one of those teachers you never forget.
Posted by: Beth (Chapman) Martin, '82 - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI - former student Apr 28, 2010
I shared lunch with Mark for many years and enjoyed the depth and breadth of his knowledge. Bay High staff were fortunate to have this wonderful friend.
Posted by: Sheila Benedum - Rocky River, OH - co-teacher Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of my favorite teachers I ever had during my time at Bay High School. He was one of the main reasons I went on to study chemical engineering in college.
Posted by: Brian Helm - Crystal Bay, NV - former student Apr 28, 2010
I met Mark a number of times when he would come to Buffalo to visit his daughter Susan and his son in law (my best friend) Peter McGennis. What a wonderful man. He was kind and thoughtful. He loved his grandchildren dearly. I enjoyed reading all of the comments from so many of his students. Mark impacted and changed for the better so many lives. Hundreds, probably thousands. His legacy and lessons have survived, and will continue to survive, the
Posted by: David Pfalzgraf - Buffalo, NY - Friend fo the Family Apr 28, 2010
It is so sad to hear of this. Mr. Ule was a wonderful teacher who touched the lives of so many young minds. To lose a man of his caliber in the educational world and in everyday life is a sad day indeed. My family and my thoughts go out to his wife and family. May He rest in Peace in the great science lab in the sky. Your in all Bay Alumni hearts.
Posted by: Kerry Erdman (nee McGinty) - Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule...or "Ule-Bobs" as he was affectionately known to the students who really liked him...ignited far more than bunsen burners and magnesium during his profound career. Teachers like this gentlemen are hard to find in any era. The guy really cared, not only for fostering and encouraging the intellectual well-being of his students, but for the students as people. And he liked to have fun, too. His classroom was where mathematics and physics met conceptual horseplay. Besides analyzing equations, brilliant
Posted by: Tim Askin Apr 28, 2010
Dear Carol and Family:
I will never forget working at Bay High School (library/media) and knowing Mark as the wonderful and kind teacher he always was. He was always very kind to me and he always managed to stay and talk with me whenever he would drop down to the library. Sometimes on his free periods, he would stop down to the library and catch up on his reading. I will never forget the time at a staff meeting when Mark
Posted by: Marsia Arty (Marty) - friend Apr 28, 2010
Absolutely wonderful man. I thought I LOVED chemistry after having Mr. Ule as a teacher. Turns out, I do not like the subject at all (which I realized after having other professors), but he was such an inspiring, enthusiastic teacher that I believe he could have made anyone enjoy any subject.
Posted by: Abby Fraser - Austin, TX Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was a great teacher. I actually looked forward to going to Chemistry class because he made it so interesting and fun. He was passionate about his field and it showed. Condolences to his family.
Posted by: Amy Qualiotto Stefanescu - Fairview Park, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
I sometimes can't believe how much I loved Mr. Ule's chemistry class. As a student that enjoyed art, music, and literature, science was usually the farthest thing from my mind. But Mr. Ule was able to make the subject matter exciting, aways encouraging his students to do their best. I will always remember Mr. Ule's personification of moving molecules, literally 'bouncing' around the room and his thoughtfulness when he wrote his students notes at the end of the year.
He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Kelley Engelbrecht - Bay Village, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
As a fellow teacher I give Mr. Ule the finest compliment I can--He taught students, not just his subject.
Mr. Ule knew and understood his students, he shared a passion for his subject, gave them a desire for learning and most of all gave a role model of a fine, dedicated, caring man who clearly loved his family and his vocation.
The world truly is a better place for having Mr. Ule in it. I know my son is a finer man for having had Mr. Ule as a teacher.
My deepest sympathies.
Posted by: Eileen Meehan - Bay Village, OH - Parent of a student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was my Chemistry teacher in 1996. He loved the subject he taught so much that his students couldn't help loving it too! He expected us to try our best and perfect our work. I didn't think I was the best Chemistry student, however, Mr. Ule sent a "positive postcard" home to my parents telling them how hard I worked in class. As a teacher now at Bay Middle School, I try to remember to send out those "positive postcards" Thanks Mr. Ule!
Posted by: Karen Schley Schneider - former student Apr 28, 2010
I had recently been thinking about what great teachers I had in high school and Mr. Ule was certainly one of them. I remember his classes most fondly. As a Metallurgical Engineer I put the knowledge taught by Mr. Ule to good use. I was saddened to hear of his death at such a young age, especially after losing Adena, my wife of nearly twenty years on April 9, 2010, to breast cancer after she fought the disease for nearly fifteen years.
Requiescat in pace Mr. Ule.
Posted by: Paul Hostetler - Dublin, OH - Student Apr 28, 2010
We were so blessed in Bay with tremendous teachers and Mr. Ule was right there at the top. He made studying Chemistry enjoyable and fun. I can still remember hearing from his previous students about his hand-walking ability. We asked him and he sheepishly acknowledged it but I think he made us wait until the last day of class. And there he was walking on his hands. Mr. Ule taught us more than just chemistry. Imagine all the students influenced
Posted by: Rev. Justin Hildebrandt - Fitchburg, MA - Student - BHS 94 Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was a wonderful teacher.
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Mandy Treadway Niederst - Avon, OH - former student Apr 28, 2010
Whenever I think about teachers who influenced me, Mr. Ule comes to mind. He was the kind of teacher that made you work hard but still love his class. I am a high school teacher now and hope to do challenge my students in the same way he challenged me every day. I remember his patience and his sense of humor--one day we even got him to walk on his hands in class, and we thought it was the greatest
Posted by: Sara Arcaro Ziemnik - Bay Village, OH - Former Student, Class of 1995 Apr 28, 2010
My heart and love go out to all of you during this very difficult time. Susan - I love you and I hope you and your family can find some peace and comfort with each other and through the wonderful memories that people have shared.
Thinking of you all.
Love Erin Donovan
Posted by: Erin Donovan - Friend of Susan McGennis Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was more than a great teacher, he was also a great friend to all of his students while in school as well as outside of school. And because of that he was able to really connect to all of his students. Were all going to miss you Mr. Ule and all of your amazing side walk chalk illustrations, and your famous molecule dance.
Posted by: Mike Gross - Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was my biology teacher in my sophomore year in 1977-78. He was an amazing teacher and inspired my love for biology. I have many fond memories of him and am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was very much one of my favorite teachers who had a lasting impact on my career. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Wayne State University
Posted by: John Woodard - Detroit, MI - Student Apr 28, 2010
Dear Mrs. Ule,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband was the most humble, wonderful teacher, neighbor, and friend of mine. I didn't even know you both had lived across the street from me until after I was finished with his class in '97, but I have never had anyone in my life encourage me in anything that I literally was horrible at, than he did in Chemistry. He never made me feel stupid. He always encouraged me to
Posted by: Vanessa Tang - Cincinnati, OH - Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was not only a passionate educator, but a kind person with a great sense of humor. Chemistry was not something that I loved, and yet I loved his class. Now a teacher, I have told my own students today about him... I will always remember him. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Ali Acosta - Grand Rapids, MI - Student Apr 28, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Ule family. I graduated from Bay HIgh School in 1997 and was fortunate to have been one of Mr. Ule's chemistry students. Mr. Ule's dedication to teaching helped inspire me to pursue a career in education. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through his family, friends and students.
Posted by: Kelly Summers Bryan - Avon Lake, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
As Mark's niece, I never got to see the side of him that is described in the numerous comments left by his former students. It is so nice to hear what a tremendous impact he had on so many lives. He will be greatly missed by so many people.
Posted by: Jen Hamad - OH Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was loved by so many! He was definitely a favorite teacher and will be remembered for so many things...his handstands, writing with his chalk utensils and the very neat handwriting he had, seeing him run the streets of Bay, and all of the fun components that he would add to the lessons. I know that he left a mark on so many over his 30+ years of teaching at Bay High School...and will be missed by so many. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Posted by: Stephanie (Petersburg) Betz - Avon Lake, OH - former student, 1992-1996 Apr 28, 2010
There are only a handful of teachers who ever really made a real and lasting impression on me, and Mr. Ule was one of them. Not only did he teach his subject with passion, but he also taught all of us what it means to live a life filled with passion. He will be missed by every student who was lucky enough to have him as a teacher. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Posted by: Emily Jelenic Kelley - Bay Village, OH - Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of my favorite teachers. He made a boring subject(to me) interesting and fun. He had a great sense of humor and was not afraid to laugh at himself. I will always remember him fondly. God bless the Ule family.
Posted by: Ted Sielski - Bay Village, OH - Former student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was an amazing and compassionate person to everyone I know. He helped me through my high school years and molded me to become what I am today.
I am greatly saddened to learn of his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted by: Dave Galli - Athens, OH - student Apr 28, 2010
It was just a short time ago that I was talking with an old BHS friend about our favorite teachers from the past, one of the ones that came to mind first for the both of us was Mr.Ule. Although I was not the best student in Chemistry, Mr.Ule always pushed me past the "I can't" to the "ok, Maybe I can..." and finally to the "I GET it!". He was funny, caring, particular (I think I re-did homework more
Posted by: Kristine Schurra Meaux - Bay Village, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule believed in me as a student; I took his class a year ahead of everyone else. He would NOT let me fail; he inspired me to love the field of science and the scientific process. He inspired me to become a teacher and when people ask about teachers I had growing up I wanted to emulate, he is one of them. Rest in piece my friend, and let the classical music carry you home.
Posted by: Chris Prokes - Troy, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was such a wonderful teacher. I was so sorry to learn of this news. Although I had not seen Mr. Ule since 1996, the memory of him walking on his hands still makes me smile. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Mr Ule will truly live on through all the students from Bay High. He made such a positive impact on many many lives.
Posted by: Christina Heck-Whitlam Apr 28, 2010
I still talk about things Mr. Ule taught me in Chemistry. It was my favorite science class by far, and that was due to his genuine love of the subject he was teaching. You just knew Mr. Ule found it all just as cool as we did. It was clear that he was as excited by it in his 38th year as he no doubt had been in his first. That was the gift he gave his students. Never complacent,
Posted by: Kirsten Fawcett-Dubow - Cleveland Heights, OH - Former Student Apr 28, 2010
Mr. Ule was a teacher who I will never forget. He made chemistry fun and explained and demonstrated it in a way that kids understood. Who can forget when we finally got him to walk on his hands. My thoughts go out to your family.
Posted by: Susan Redding DeFlitch - Pittsburgh, PA - former student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule you got me to enjoy the one thing I always hated, science. You will always be in my thoughts. Thank you for all that you have taught me.
Posted by: Tess Traylor - Bay Village, OH - Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule is the greatest chemistry teacher I have ever had. His passion for teaching the subject and ability to instill the chemical knowledge into me has been a factor in my decision to pursue a chemical engineering degree. Mr. Ule will never be forgotten, not only because of memories for his love for sour apple blow pops, playing classical music, or the different ways he wrote with his sidewalk chalk; but because he was an outstanding human being who found the best in everyone. He will truly be missed.
Posted by: Daniel Valco - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
Mark was a wonderful educator and everyone who knew him was touched by his sincerity and sense of humor. He certainly was the master teacher of chemistry which all of his students will attest to. One of the fondest memories I have of Mark and his students, was when they referred to him as Mr. MolecULE. Mark also enjoyed having cookouts for his advanced chemistry students.
Posted by: Ann Mowery - Avon Lake, OH - friend & colleague Apr 27, 2010
Mark is, and will continue to be, missed by his colleagues at Bay High. He was a teacher who cared passionately about his students, his discipline and his craft. My thoughts are with his family.
Posted by: Renee Dempsey - South Euclid, OH - colleague Apr 27, 2010
Mark was an excellent chemistry teacher. His students truly loved him. He was funny and they appreciated his teaching style. As a friend, I will miss him.
Posted by: Kathy Tedrick - colleague Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was my favorite teacher in high school. He was funny, caring, and a fantastic educator. I still pull out my AP Chemistry notes in my 5th year of grad school to check how Mr. Ule explained certain things. He inspired me to pursue science as a career and specifically to educate others. I am truly saddened by his loss. He will be missed by many students.
Posted by: Valerie Hedges (Green) - Saint Paul, MN - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was a fantastic teacher that gave us science with imagination, passion, and fearlessness. He dove into an AP Chemistry program head on, when it hadn't existed before, and I took that class not for college credit, but because it meant that I would get to have Mr. Ule as a teacher for a second year. I think of Mr. Ule each time I add salt to boil water for pasta (it boils faster!), and will never forget the surprise fireball demonstration. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Ule's family.
Posted by: Marissa Stein - Los Angeles, CA - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
It's been probably 30 years since I saw Mark, but I still remember our family trip that included a visit to the Ule's. My borther and I had a lot of fun putting on a show with the girls, and I know all four parents enjoyed the entertainment. I remember Mark as being a kind host for us. My parents have always talked so positively about Carol and Mark and my heart goes out to Carol and to the girls.
Posted by: Ann Maulhardt Zerlaut - daughter of family friends Apr 27, 2010
Mark's wife Carol and I were classmates and close friends in college. I'll always remember Carol coming back after summer break with gold dust in her eyes and talking about meeting "the one" during her sumer job back home in Ohio. Following their marriage, Carol and Mark started their married life out here in California and we had many good visits together both at their apartment and at our home in Oxnard.
Carol and Mark were one of our first couple
Posted by: Janet and Dick Maulhardt - Family Friends Apr 27, 2010
Carol, Sue and Laura,
My deepest condolences on your loss! Mark was a good collegue to all of us at Bay High and a wonderful and beloved teacher of hundreds and hundreds of students. He will be missed. God bless you and comfort your in your grief.
Posted by: Kathy Sands - Bay Village, OH - Teaching Collegue at Bay High Apr 27, 2010
Mr Ule, you touched so many of our lives and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you for making learning so enjoyable. You will be missed, but will never be forgotten, your spirit will live on forever in all of us. Thank you for your many years of service and bettering the lives of so many people.
Posted by: Jeffrey Firestone - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was an incredibly dedicated teacher, someone who I feel lucky to have had as a teacher in high school. He had a real gift for making chemistry interesting for his students, and he found so many ways to make classes fun and exciting! I remember him walking on his hands in class after we begged him so many times for a demonstration! I also remember when he brought in his 100-CD changer and played his favorite music for
Posted by: Meghan Wills - Raleigh, NC - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
Although it's been a while since I sat in his classroom, Mr. Ule was one of my favorite teachers at Bay High. He had a knack for making chemistry interesting to those of us who had zero aptitude for it. His classes were always fun and often full of suprises. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Ule, Sue & Laura, he will be missed.
Posted by: Becca Sundal - Atlanta, GA - Former student Apr 27, 2010
The perfect blend of inspiration, effort, and humor, Mr. Ule made a lasting impression on me, and as I can see from the other notes, many other students. He had such a love for his garden, and told so many good stories during class. He embodied so much of what makes a teacher important to students...and I'm not just talking about walking on his hands and having one of the best Popeye impressions around...he knew how to teach, and he did it well.
I'll miss you, Mr. Ule. God bless.
Posted by: Matthew S Finlay - Saluggia, Italy - Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was the best honors Chemistry teacher ever. I learned so much in his class and I will always smile and laugh at the image of him doing the atom dance.
Posted by: Amanda Ritzenthaler - Bay Village, OH - Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was a great teacher in a subject in which I had little aptitude. He had a way of passing the knowledge on to me, however, in his creative way. He was also very kind to me over the years. My condolensces to the family.
Posted by: Mac Bulloch - Denver, CO - Student Apr 27, 2010
Out of all the teachers and professors I've had over the years, Mr. Ule made the biggest impact. His ability to teach chemistry was unmatched -- the amount of information I have retained 13 years after taking his course is unreal.
It was always a joy to be in his class. He greeted everyone with a smile, treated everyone with respect and made dry material fun. He was truly an asset to the teaching profession and an all-around great human being. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Laura (Gaul) Walsh - Willoughby, OH - Student Apr 27, 2010
so sorry to hear of his passing. he was a great teacher.
Posted by: Kelly DeCrane Collins Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was an incredible teacher and his dedication to his students was inspiring. I'll never forget how he rode a double-decker bus with 50+ Seniors to our Prom because we needed an adult chaperone ... looking back, this was very BRAVE :-)
Mr. Ule will be missed and he + his family are in our thoughts & prayers ....
Posted by: Carolyn Homberger (Baiocchi) - Louisville, KY - Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr Ule was a phenomenal teacher - his humor, enthusiasm, and dedication to his students' success made him unforgettable. I remember the time spent in his classes as a high point in my education, and I know that he had the same impact on many others. I am truly saddened by his passing.
Posted by: Clayton Coleman - Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was a wonderful Chemistry teacher. As a teacher now, I aspire to ignite the interest in science that he ignited in us.
You will be missed Mr. Ule, you meant so much to your students!
Posted by: Lauren Coil - Culver, IN - student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was my first teacher of sophomore year. He was a great educator and an even better guy. His stories were funny, and I loved his sidewalk chalk and claims that the chalkboard would dry faster depending on the time of year. I still have the note he wrote me that came with my report card after completing his class that year. He'll be missed.
Posted by: Tyler Elliott - Bay Village, OH - Student Apr 27, 2010
I had Mr. Ule my sophomore year for chemistry. I was not a great chemistry student, but Mr. Ule let me make mistake after mistake. I broke a thermometer and let mercury seep throughout the room and also had an extra drawer where I hid all the lab equipment I had broken throughout the semester. When he found it he jokily made a "I hate Hayley Club" and invited all the students who didn't break equipment to join him in
Posted by: Hayley Craig - San Francisco, CA - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was an amazin teacher and man! He had the best stories consisting of chipmunks in his backyard, having races wit the dryingearse board, and talking about his love for magenta chalk! He gave everyone little nicknames Mine was the frog because how i sat in class! He deeply cared for each and everyone of his students! He will truly be missed!!
Posted by: Natalie Nelson - Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was one of the best teachers I have ever had. He truly cared about each and every one of his students. I will always remember his fun stories, and how he used to purposely misspell words on the chalk board just to see if we were paying attention. His love and passion for teaching was always evident, which made learning from him a true joy. He has touched so many people's lives, and I know he will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Sarah Kukura - Bay Village, OH - Former Student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was an incredible teacher who really cared about each student. I have so many fond memories of him- from his love of magenta sidewalk chalk, his keen interest in the time it took the blackboard to dry after he sponged it clean, to the personal notes he put in all of our report cards. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Rebecca Jacobson - Former student Apr 27, 2010
Mr. Ule was a great teacher and mentor. He always put his students first no matter what and even wrote me a note after the class was over. He was a very caring person and he will be greatly missed!
Posted by: Katie Lustek - Cincinnati, OH - Former Student Apr 26, 2010