Long-time Rabun Gap faculty member Dess Oliver passed away shortly after 1:00 pm Monday (March 30, 2015). Dess recently had been admitted to the hospital where he was receiving treatment for complications related to an infection. Beloved by generations of faculty, students, and alumni, Dess taught at Rabun Gap for 43 years and retired in June 2014. Dess was honored for his service that year by a gathering among his faculty peers and later recognized by alumni at the Alumni Reunion Weekend. He loved Rabun Gap and his legacy continues in the work of the STEAM and Industrial Arts program and the Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum. Please keep his wife, Jackie, and their family in your prayers.
A Celebration of Life Service honoring Dess Oliver will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. The service will be in the school’s Rearden Theater and a reception will follow. The family will welcome friends at the reception.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School and directed to either the Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum Fund or the Dess Oliver Fund for Industrial Arts.
During this difficult time, members of the Counseling Team are available to provide support to students and faculty as needed.
May light perpetual shine upon the faithful departed.
The Varsity Boys Tennis team is on a roll with 4 straight wins. They started the season with a convincing 7-0 win over Walhalla. They earned a 9-0 victory in their second match against Highlands. Last week, the Eagles won an important 5-4 conference win in Asheville, moving them to 3-0 on the season. Earlier this week, they took on Banks County, winning 5-0. Dusan Saramandic, Julius Lautz, and Jay Reece won the single matches while John Carter/Leo Krenz and Juan Jose Espinosa/Townsend Stewart won the doubles. The team adjusted well to the windy conditions as they handed Banks County their first loss of the season. They play Riverside Military at home Wednesday, and take on Rabun County at Rabun County Thursday. GO EAGLES!
Debbie Griffin and Lee Wilder from La Gonave Partnership spoke to students about their work on the Isle de La Gonave in Haiti. The partnership, which is based in Atlanta, has been in existence for over 30 years. They combine the efforts of several Episcopal and Presbyterian church in the southeast to create jobs, educational opportunities, medical services, and community development in La Gonave. Rabun Gap students who study French wrote short stories and published books that will be delivered to school children on La Gonave as much needed reading material.