Blake Community Celebrates Life of Ryan Mahoney

Staff and students gather to remember beloved math teacher

Anderson Blum, Managing Editor

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On Saturday, September 14, the Blake School celebrated the life of Ryan Mahoney. Mahoney taught math at the Upper School for 10 years until cancer took his life on August 31, 2019.

Mahoney, a US Navy veteran, was a beloved teacher, advisor, and mentor for his students. He was known for his fascinating storytelling and fun class environment. Former student Rishab Haldar ’20, who was taught by Mahoney in 2016 and 2017, says “Mr. Mahoney was a really influential and great math teacher. He helped make math really fun. We’re really gonna miss him.”

Mahoney’s funeral was held on Friday, September 6, and many teachers and some students attended. The following weekend, the Upper School hosted a celebration of life with Blake community members and the Mahoney family. The event was a gathering to share thoughts and stories to celebrate Mahoney’s life. Addie Burton ’20 said the ceremony was “a very good way to honor a valued member of our community.”

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