Anthony C. Fortosis
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: In March of 1999, Dr. A. C. Fortosis went to be with the Lord. For those who would like to pay tribute to Dr. Fortosis, please post your favorite memory of him through the link above, and I will add it to this page.
The Weeber girls were in attendance at the funeral, and here are some photos of the Fortosis "children" and the Weeber girls. Can you tell which is which?
Joanna (Reichel) Fox, Class of 1969 <email@example.com>
Columbia, SC, USA
Tribute to Dr. Fortosis:
Not a day goes by that I do not hear the words he repeated over and over
in various senior lectures in Bible and Social Studies (and he taught us
only half a year!),"How are you going to make your testimony relevant to
Herkemer over there in the corner, from Asheville High School?"
- Rich Kennedy, Class of 1971
I suppose it is true that many students kept their
distance from Dr. Fortosis. That was not to be my relationship. Beginning
with my sophomore year, Doc, for some reason, began to identify with me
and spent some effort to mentor me, even as he continued with teaching,
administrative, and family responsibilities. My contacts with him I will
never forget. Once, we were discussing a matter and he asked me, "Well,
what does the Bible say?" "In everything give thanks," I replied. "What
is the rest of the verse?" he asked. "I don't know," I answered. He
looked at me with those dark eyes, deep as eternity, it seemed, and said
with a gentle enthusiasm, "The key to the verse, my friend: for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
- Ray Smith, Class of 1967
Dr Fortosis led me to the Lord in January 1963, my senior year. I always remember his Bible classes from Isaiah. His love for the Lord, sincerity and dedication to all those around him were unquestionable and unique.
- Charles Digby, Class of 1963
Did my apprenticeship under Tony Fortosis and we were close friends for years, often rooming together at various places where we taught or served on boards. We shared many thoughts; it might be hard for 50s & 60s students to know that he was a gentle and kind person, he could come across pretty stern--he, also, had a sense of duty, but for years he was the conscience of the Christian School movement regarding having a "Shepherd's heart."
- Jack Layman, former faculty member and headmaster
My main remembrance of Dr. Fortosis was the GRAVITY of his commitment. There was no playing around with him and his relationship with the Lord. It was sincere and real and all the way. What a contrast to the world today when alas, we see almost nothing but foolishness and emptiness in our entertainers, leaders, etc. And the world's worst are most of the television preachers. Yuck! When we compare Dr. Fortosis with them, we then understand the GRAVITY of his commitment compared with the sham of theirs.
- Roy Rood, former faculty member
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