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Art Raab recalled as a good friend, and strong activist

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Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2009 12:00 am

For 40 years, Art Raab, a former Lodi High School teacher and local activist, protested at the Lawrence Livermore Lab against nuclear arms.

But he wasn't there to complain — he was passionate about his beliefs and wanted change.

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  • posted at 11:52 pm on Mon, Dec 7, 2009.


    This was a great guy, I hope some will take this to heart and open up! I meet so many people who when find out I live in Lodi say "Lodi is full of stuck-up snobs". I wish we would be nicer to people like Mr. Raab. I dont mean just smile or say hi, but actually go out of your way to be exceptional. Smile often show interest in others, and you will be doing yourself a favor. Smiling and laughing releases chemicals that will heal/detoxify your body and is very healthy. Smile now! Live Life to the fullest! I Love You Man! ;-)

  • posted at 12:38 pm on Mon, Dec 7, 2009.


    Art Raab:Fantastic teacher. A great man. I took an extra class from him even though I could have got a waiver. I enjoyed every minute in his classes. Prior to leaving the classroom for an administrative position, I tried to model myself after him and a couple of others. I think most teachers will say the same. They tend to mimic those they liked. Lodi High had some outstanding teachers at the time, Art was in the top 10, with no way to rank 'em from there.He did a lot of good in his life. A lot of good.

  • posted at 7:23 am on Mon, Dec 7, 2009.


    Even though he'd push his agenda in the classroom, I had to respect him, just because he would let us debate our own agendas. Once he brought in some woman from a Central American country to talk about her oppression and plight. A bunch of us put our heads down and went to sleep. After class he said he'd rather us turn our chairs around and turn away in protest, so as to take a stance.As I recall, he was more Democratic Socialist than Democrat. And I'm surprised no one has mentioned his mo-ped! That was a LHS icon.

  • posted at 2:52 am on Sun, Dec 6, 2009.


    I had the pleasure of knowing Art and he was a man who stood for what he believed in. I feel he was one of our unsung heros here in Lodi and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. So may peace be with you Art and your family and thank you for everything you have have done for all of us.

  • posted at 5:16 pm on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    Jb,My brother had him as a Government teacher. Yes, I know he was left-of-center. Still, he would want much more than a jab at Republicans in his eulogy. He was much more than that. His accomplishments really don't leave room for digs at the other side.

  • posted at 2:43 pm on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    I will not speak unkindness about the departed.......................

  • posted at 12:52 pm on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    art and i butted heads often during govt classes. but at the end of the day we always shook hands a had a good laugh. he like to be debated expecially when a point was made by either side. i could only wish there we more art 's out there. he belived in opening his students eyes to there surroundings and challenged us to make a differance for what we belived in. i believed in art rabb.

  • posted at 11:54 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    Mrs. S - you did not know Mr. Raab did you?

  • posted at 11:53 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    t jefferson - To get my respect, people have to do more than (a) blog under the name of a respected president and (b) pretend they have something to offer society with their blather. When I see you at a City Council meeting, you will get 1 point which will raise YOU to a negative three.

  • posted at 10:20 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    I didn't click with Mr. Raab as a 17-year-old in his Gov/Econ class. Honestly, his politics were taboo in the house I was growin up in. That said, I still respected his sense of conviction and easy demeanor. Moving back to Lodi a decade or so later I enjoyed talking with him when we'd meet(it no doubt helped that my political beliefs had changed . . .) and I always got a kick out of seeing him cruise down Elm on his scooter. To me, Art Raab was a good man who encouraged kids to examine their beliefs, think about others and the environment.

  • posted at 9:57 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    jbhiker: Who is trying to shut down talk radio, marginalize tea protesters, and destroy Fox news.? Your lefty friends.

  • posted at 7:45 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    JB,Interesting that you can't simply eulogize Mr. Raab without getting a barb in against Republicans. What do they have to do with this story? Put your bitterness aside and focus, man, focus!

  • posted at 2:17 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    jb - oh come on now progressive have done more to silence the masses than and 50 republicans. Just look at you....As far as Mr. Raab, never had him as a teacher, but I admire anyone who stands up for what they believe in whether I agree with them or not --- it's called respect something a lot of people need to learn about in this day and age.

  • posted at 1:20 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    I agree Leonard.He was a great teacher. I was running late on a term paper and he gave me some ideas what to write it on.

  • posted at 12:48 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    Art and I were about as politically opposite as you could get but I always respected the man's dedication to his profession. He was also the guy out there running the clock for Lodi football games for so many years. I'll miss you Art and our wonderful debates.

  • posted at 12:36 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    And there are those who believe that we change for the sake of change regardless of success is bliss and that freedom of speech is reserved only for a few self-defined enlightened ones - they are called Democrats.Unthinking open minds ARE like parachutes...they are more shallow than deep, provide a false sense of security, and collapse when confronted with solid ground.

  • posted at 12:29 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    Animosity aside...I think Raab taught his students to be passionate about their beliefs whichever side of the aisle they happened to fall on.

  • posted at 12:00 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    Now there is a real American.. that is if you think America is about Change and free speech. Many of you don't - you are called Republicans.



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