A 91-year-old professor has captured the hearts of thousands after his daughter shared a photo of him teaching his class virtually during the pandemic.
Julia Krohn, 39, from Houston, Texas, burst with pride when she did Facebook earlier this month to post an image of her father, Charles Krohn, who was as a professor at the University of St. Thomas.
‘My father has been a professor of English at the University of St. Thomas for over 50 years. Here he is, at the age of 91, virtually teaching like a boss, ‘she captioned the photo.
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Heartwarming: A photo of Professor Charles Krohn, 91, of Houston, Texas, virtually teaching his English at the University of St. Thomas, has gone viral
Proud: Charles’ daughter Julia Krohn shared the photo on Facebook, saying her father ’embraces virtual education like a BOSS’
“Listening to and watching him teach Homer’s The Odyssey is a true gift,” she added. He’s been teaching it for decades, and yet he has the passion and excitement for the lyrics as if it were the first time. These kids have no idea how lucky they are. ‘
The University of St. Thomas switched to online-only classes this fall and physically closed campus on Tuesday.
The photo Julia posted shows her father sitting at a desktop computer teaching his students via Zoom. He has put his book and notes in front of him and looks sharp in his blue shirt and glasses.
Proud: “He’s been teaching it for decades, and yet he has the passion and excitement for the lyrics as if it’s the first time,” gushed Julia.
Family: Charles has been married to his wife Chesley for 54 years and they have four children and six grandchildren
Julia’s post has been shared 28,000 times and has received more than 63,000 likes since September 1, making Charles an online star.
God bless him! His students are definitely the happiest !! one person commented, while another added, ‘They are indeed lucky! Thanks for sharing this photo! It brought a smile to my heart! ‘
The post also caught the attention of some of Charles’ former students dating back to the 1960s.
“Julia, please say hi to your father. I was a student of “Mr. Krohn’s” at Jefferson Davis High School c / o 1960, “a woman wrote, sharing a photo of her former teacher.
Going Viral: The post caught the attention of some of Charles’ past students dating back to the 1960s. Linda Brock Maddux shared a photo of her former teacher at the time
Throwback: Linda said that Charles was her teacher at Jefferson Davis High School in 1960
‘He was also a great teacher at the time and left a lasting impression on our lives. He even made diagrams of sentences fun! Blessings to You and Your Family. ‘
Professor Krohn was my UST professor of English in Fall 1992 and Spring 1993. And at the moment, he’s my daughter’s UST professor of English. Great, ”added another.
Julia told Good morning America that she had not seen her father teach for twenty years until that day.
She had invited him to use her computer as he was posing, and she was immediately struck by his incredible presence.
So sweet: many people praised Charles in the comments and he was shocked when he read their kind words
‘He’s an actor too, so that has gone hand in hand in his classes,’ said. “It’s just so lively and it’s like watching a performance.”
Charles has been married to his wife Chesley for 54 years, and they have four children and six grandchildren.
Julia said her mom had let her dad read every Facebook comment on her post, and all the kind words – especially those of his former students – made him burst into tears.
‘[There were] all these memories of him in class and how they may not remember much about St. Thomas, but they remember so much about Professor Krohn … that he’s the kindest, most compassionate person you’ll ever meet, ” she explained.