Parkland chemistry teacher retiring after 36 years

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- After 36 years of teaching chemistry at Washington High School in Parkland, Steve Ufer is hanging up his lab coat.

The 65-year-old is retiring at the end of the school year.

The News Tribune reports he's taught in the same room since 1975. In his honor, Room 601 has been renamed the Steve K. Ufer Chemistry Room.

Among his students who have gone on to professional careers is James Hester, now the principal at the school and Ufer's boss.

Hester says it was tough for him to stop calling his former teacher "Mr. Ufer," and address him by his first name.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com