Current and former students and staff of Loyola High School in Los Angeles Sunday were mourning the death of teacher Michael Lew.
An announcement posted on the school’s Facebook page Saturday said in part: “It is with very deep sadness that we share the news that physics and computer science teacher and coach Michael Lew (class of 1986) was tragically killed in a car accident today. Please keep his family and the Loyola community in your thoughts and prayers.”
No details were available about the location or circumstances of the traffic incident.
Current and former students took to social media to share their thoughts and remembrances.
“His smile and passion for teaching will be greatly missed,” Alejandro Salinas wrote on Instagram.
“Mr. Lew was one of the most passionate and talented teachers I ever had the honor of learning with,” Scotty Tamkin posted, also in Instagram.
Others shared their messages on Twitter.
“I will always remember Michael Lew’s class as one of the most engaging and fun environments I’ve ever been in, ” former student Dominick Trageser posted on Twitter along with a video clip of Lew in the classroom. “You will be missed.”
Some parents also share fond memories.
“My sons went to Loyola and both had Mr. Lew as a teacher and he was extraordinary in every way,” Allison B. Cohen, who publishes the Los Feliz Ledger and Larchmont Ledger wrote in an email to City News Service.
Located at 1901 Venice Blvd., Loyola High School was founded in 1865 and is an all-male, four-year Catholic college preparatory school run by the Jesuits.