Queer Places:
Columbia University (Ivy League), 116th St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Holy Cross Cemetery Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan, USA

Charles J. Neumeier (January 18, 1931 – August 23, 1985) was born in Escanaba, the son of Charles Michael Neumeier (1907–1981) and Florence Nodurft Keast (1903–1998), where he was raised and graduated from Escanaba Senior High School in 1949. Neumeier received his Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University and a Master's Degree from Columbia University. Neumeier was a teacher at Sluyvesant High School in New York City and after retirement, moved to Florida. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Kenneth H. Barr a Stuyvesant High School student, class of 1975, said about Neumeier in 2015: I transferred into Mr. Charles Neumeier's English class for a really great reason. I wanted to change my lunch period so I could eat with my girl friend. We broke up a few months later. The lessons Mr. Neumeier taught me have lasted a lifetime. He was a quiet and very unassuming man at a school where credentials are trumpeted. You had to be very quiet in his class or else you couldn't hear his soft voice. He taught us Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton, Moliere, Melville, Hawthorne, Irving and so many others. I had to memorize the famous soliloquy of Mark Antony from Julius Caesar, one of the greatest political speeches of all time. Most of all, he taught us how to appreciate the English language and the art of its use. The previous semester Stuyvesant's grammarian, Margaret Hegarty, taught us grammar, the owner's manual of English. Mr. Neumeier built on that by adding style and feeling. Both teachers gave us invaluable tools in a complementary rather than an adversarial manner. As a freelance writer, I will never forget how they made me the operator of English I have become. I was in the Army when that most capricious of illnesses, AIDS, took him away from us. I am told he was one of the first teachers in the New York City Public School system to die from it. At that time, being a gay teacher here was not a very easy thing. Mr. Neumeier never showed us his struggles, only the ease, love and joy he had for our wonderful language. He is dearly missed by all he touched at The Stuyvesant High School in the City of New York.

Charles J. Neumeier is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Escanaba, MI.

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