My Favorite Teacher: Enor Lundin
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Submitted by: Michael Kalafatas '61
“Favorite” doesn’t of course mean easy. Enor Lundin wasn’t. He was a brilliant mathematician and former US Navy trained navigator--with two degrees from Harvard and a passion for math.
He taught an elective math-rich navigation and meteorology course for seniors. No text; only reprints of documents he had personally prepared across the arc of years. There were only good students in that class—and I was only middling among them. But I loved it. It was the only EHS course that included a chance to build something. I built from wood a model Vernier caliper—a valuable tool for measuring more precisely than does a normal scale.
I was in one of his last classes before his passing away on a day he had publicly delivered in Boston another of his scholarly papers in mathematics. An eloquent obituary written by his students appears in the 1962 yearbook.
Michael Kalafatas graduated from The English High School in 1961. Today he lives in Wayland, MA. Michael is a member of the English High School 200th Anniversary Celebration Committee.