Former faculty member Bill Siletti passed away on Friday, June 19. Bill became a member of the faculty in 1993. He taught Middle School math and science for 23 years before his retirement in 2016.
Bill was widely beloved for his sense of humor, his devotion to his students, and his devotion to teaching the fundamentals of physical science to Packer students. His famous “rocket launch” brought shrieks and cheers to the Middle School hallways.
Bill was also known for dressing as Marvin the Martian, for his annual "Dominic the Donkey" dance at our Winter Celebration, for his zany tie collection, and for bringing in homemade chocolate truffles around the holidays. He was a kind-hearted and generous man.
Just two months ago, when all of our classes were running remotely, Bill reached out to our Upper School students, many of whom had been his students in the years before his retirement. He wrote:
I wanted to tell all of you that I am thinking of you in these crazy times and hope that you and all of your circle of friends and family are in good health and remain so.
I wanted to send you something that would help alleviate the tension and concern that you are experiencing now. After a lot of thinking, I came up with what I think is a good choice.
You may recall that when you were in Middle School, the day after Easter I always wore my bunny shirt. Well, here I am again in my bunny shirt. Hopefully, you will see the bunny you liked, whether it be the one wearing the dark shades or the star shades and any of the others.
Know that I still hold a piece of you in my heart, and for you seniors, may you have as many fond memories of high school as there are stars in the sky and may your successes in college be as numerous as the sands on the seashore.
Upon his retirement in 2016, this tribute was created in his honor.
Packer is deeply grateful for Bill's years of service to our students.