John and Dianne Koplas
Memorial Lecture Series
Lockport Public Library will host the John and Dianne Koplas Memorial Lecture Series featuring guest lecturer, Jack DiMaggio, on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 PM, in the Wheeler Room on Floor 2. The lecture is open to all. Please use the Chestnut Street entrance.
Mr. DiMaggio, whose topic will be “Imprints Behind the Smile,” is a graduate of Lockport Senior High School and California State College, and taught art at the Lockport High School for 32 years. He is also a renowned artist, displaying his works at the gallery (Gallery DiMaggio) he and his wife, Kathleen, established here in Lockport. Jack is the father of 3 married sons and a grandfather of 8.
Since his retirement from teaching, Mr. DiMaggio remains an active part of the Lockport community. He continues to paint and draw and selectively takes private art students for consultation. He also judges local art shows and is often requested as an art consultant by individuals, businesses, and galleries. In addition to serving on the Boards at the Kenan Center and the Market Street Art Center, Jack was a member of the Lock Side Art Gallery and continues a long commitment of volunteering for Lockport’s Meals on Wheels.
The family and friends of John and Dianne Koplas established this lecture series in cooperation with Lockport Public Library to honor the Koplases’ devotion to teaching and to celebrate their lifelong passion for learning.
The Koplas family would like to express their appreciation for all the contributions which established this lecture series. To learn how you can support this memorial, please contact the library at 433-5935.
Thank you for your support of the Library and its programs.
Life-long educators John Koplas and Dianne Cooper met at Lockport High School in 1959. Along with raising their family, John teaching almost 30 years at the high school, and Dianne returning for nearly a decade at North Park, the couple spent the remainder of their lives sharing their passion for knowledge with their students, children, grandchildren, and everyone they encountered within the Lockport community and beyond. They also had an ever-present appreciation for the world around them, were students of the global community, and traveled extensively--including throughout the USA, Europe, and Russia--to heighten that appreciation. Whether imparting structured lessons in a formal classroom, leading discussion groups at the Lockport Public Library or the Kenan Center, ushering school groups through the History Center, acting as a docent for the Tiffany Windows at the First Presbyterian Church, or coordinating the Step Back in Time Historical Players, John and Dianne could always be recognized as educators first and foremost. John and Dianne's standards of excellence and love of teaching and learning leave a valuable legacy not only for their students, but also their family, friends, and the entire Lockport community.
Dianne and John Koplas
May 2015: Cynthia Cotten, "Caledonia: Coming Home."
May 2014: Dr. Helen Cappuccino, "Service as a Life's Mission."
May 2013: Christopher Haber, Lockport native, "Stories and Choices: A Producer's Life in Africa."
May 2012: Joanna Pasceri, Lockport native and co-anchor of Channel 7's Eyewitness News, "My Journey from Lockport High School to the Anchor Desk."
May 2011: Rae Tyson, author of "Kidsafe," a book published by Random House that was designed to help parents understand the environmental risks affecting children. Tyson is a 1962 graduate of Lockport Senior High School and has worked at Wilson Central School, Artpark, Niagara Gazette, USA Today, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
October 2009: Joyce Carol Oates, one of our country's most prolific and versatile contemporary writers. With a writing career that spans 25 years, she is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, literary criticism, and essays.
Selected works by Joyce Carol Oates