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Mr. Richard Ohler


Local author and writing instructor Rick Ohler will be filling in as a long-term substitute English teacher for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.
Job Title
English Faculty

Faculty Information

Orton Hall
English, Faculty

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School Phone
Orton 104


B.A., Modern Languages, Union College

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Mr. Ohler joined the English Department at Gow in 2017. A lifelong friend of the school, Mr. Ohler has been on campus in a number of capacities over the years, most recently as a contributor to Gow Life, preparing alumni and faculty profiles and articles about the life and times of the school. He brings to his English classroom nearly four decades' experience as a freelance writer and editor, creative writing workshop host and teacher of memoirs and family histories classes. His bi-weekly newspaper column, "The View From Right Field," has garnered four New York Press Association awards.

When asked if he has lived in nearby East Aurora all his life, Mr. Ohler answers, "Not yet," which, coincidentally, is the title of his book, Have You Lived Here All Life? "…Not Yet." He and his sweetheart and partner, watercolorist Kateri Ewing, share a house with very many cats on the edge of the Village of East Aurora. They enjoy backroads car trips to Wyoming County and beyond where they are always looking for the best breakfast diner in America. In his spare time, Mr. Ohler leads creek walking expeditions, travel writing bus trips and excursions to minor league baseball games.