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By Graig R McCoy
The Philadelphia Inquirer 

Teacher's dark history still follows

 

April 12, 2017

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SAD DEMISE: Bill Kershaw's dark past remained unknown to many in Goldendale.

By his own account, Bill Kershaw's "greatest joy and accomplishment in life was in improving the lives of young boys."

When not teaching fifth graders, Kershaw took boys camping, canoeing, and on ski trips. He "loved introducing boys to the wonders of nature."

After a long career at Philadelphia's elite Chestnut Hill Academy and three other local private schools, Kershaw died a satisfied man, according to an obituary he drafted himself.

"Bill never married and was fulfilled by his teaching and his camp trips," he wrote.

But even by the forgiving standard for obituaries, he left a lot out.

Kershaw didn't mention that he quit teaching in Philadelphia only after his 1977 guilty plea to mole...



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