While at KO, Van Dyck taught American and European history, economics, a popular current events The New York Times course as well as served as the faculty advisor to the student council and coached the varsity football and basketball teams.
As an undergraduate of Union College, Van Dyck's education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. After serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, he resumed his college career and graduated with honors in English and Economics in 1947. Prior to his lengthy tenure at KO, Van Dyck taught at the Storm King School in Cornwall, New York of which he was an alum.
Students appreciated Van Dyck's tough love approach, and they dedicated the school yearbook to him in 1964 and 1988. Matt Koeler ’88 said, “The most valuable asset I gained under him was earning his respect. It took a lot of hard work to do, but it was well worth it.” However, respect is a two-way street. Although he was not the cross country coach, the runners knew they could count on the lone Van Dyck to be cheering them at the end of the race in the rain.
Van Dyck imparted a great deal of historical knowledge and intellectual rigor on his students; he also taught them something far more valuable: unwavering integrity and respect. A self-effacing man, Van Dyck believed that teaching was all in a day’s work, and he shunned accolades and special credit for the worked he loved to do. Hopefully, he will forgive the KO community for celebrating his well-lived life.
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