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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2017, 08:31:28 AM »

John M. Bredehoft

I remember when he was a high school debater rather than coach. In all those years he never lost his sense of joy. I am so sad that I neglected to visit him. I simply am at a loss for words.
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2017, 08:31:59 AM »

Andres Gannon

There is now a website set up for Chuck Ballingall where people can post stories that will be shared at his memorial on Tuesday http://ballingall.damien-hs.edu/. The debate community knew him so well and for so long, I am sure that his local Damien community would love to hear many of the stories you all have shared here and elsewhere. Please consider cross-posting your kind words, heart warming stories, and condolences to friends and family on that page
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2017, 08:33:07 AM »

From the Website set up for Chuck, http://ballingall.damien-hs.edu/

Friends of Damien:

It is with a great sense of loss that we share the sudden death of a Damien Spartan treasure, Mr. Chuck Ballingall. Chuck has served Damien for over 35 years, initially as head of the Debate Program. He has taught many Social Studies classes, most recently AP Economics and AP Human Geography. Blessed with a great “announcer’s voice” Chuck has served as the “Voice of the Spartans” in the basketball and baseball programs over many years as well.

In his administrative roles, he has served as Curriculum Director and his recent summers have been given in building the school’s Master Schedule of classes. Ironically, he commented that this year’s challenge and results are his “best master schedule ever!” with the challenge of placing 940 students into classes that use every classroom each period of the day.

We will miss his humor, his love of statistics and ability to mine data to help our Curriculum leaders understand underlying patterns of our program, and especially his leadership that places the learning needs of our students first.

If you would like to leave your thoughts about Chuck and his impact on your life, please leave a message below.

On Tuesday, August 15th at 12:30 pm in the Damien Athletic Center we will offer our student body’s Opening School Mass as a memorial for Chuck and his family and friends. All are invited. Please be aware that parking may be at a premium as the school day will not conclude until 2:00 pm.
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2017, 08:33:41 AM »


Arthur Broadwater, Class of 98 says:   
August 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Coach, I speak for many when I say you believed in me and gave me a chance in life when no one else would. Growing up as a minority, raised by a single mother in a low income family, I was supposed to be a statistic. You opened the world to me, gave me the tools, opened the doors, and taught me the power of my voice and gave me confidence in my ability to change the world. Now, as a successful adult with a great career, I owe so much of who I am to you, your passion, your dedication, your love. I can only hope your family knows it’s an understatement to say you changed the world. Changed. The. World. You touch the lives of so so so many, and left the world a better place than you found it, a magnanimous inspiration to all those you touched. You will always be honored as one of the greats. Until we meet again old friend, all my love, all my respect, all my gratitude. Ya dun good kid. Godspeed.
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« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2017, 08:34:10 AM »


Liana and Barry Gannon says:   
August 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm

Mr. Ballingall was a great teacher, a great debate coach, and a great mentor. Because of Mr. Ballingall’s influence, our two sons went on to major in Social Studies at college, to debate at College, and then to teach debate after they graduated. Teaching was his true vocation and his true passion. We will be eternally grateful to Damien High School in general and to Mr. Ballingall in particular. Requiescat in pace.
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2017, 08:34:42 AM »


Bryan St. Amant, Class of 79 says:   
August 11, 2017 at 12:38 am

As a Damien debater many years ago I had the pleasure of debating Chuck when he was a student at Fountain Grove High. Because debate made such a difference in my life, I volunteered to start a team in Northern California nearly 30 years later and quickly learned that Chuck not only represented my alma mater but had also become a debate coaching legend. The leadership he brought to the California High School Speech Association and the National Speech and Debate Association influenced a generation of coaches and helped pass along the gift of debate to thousands of students. As an active member of the coaching community, I can tell you the shock of this loss is felt well beyond the Damien family. My social media feeds are packed with heartfelt tributes from coaches & students he mentored across the country. His shoes can never be filled, but the legacy of his work will live on & the memory of a kind man who devoted his adult life to a noble cause will not be forgotten. It’s so hard to make sense of a loss like this. All I can figure is that God needed a great coach and inspiring leader in Heaven. RIP Coach Ballingall.
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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2017, 08:35:04 AM »


Michael Knish, Faculty 1985-1992 says:   
August 11, 2017 at 9:16 am

I am still in shock at the loss of my lifelong friend Chuck Ballingall. I had known Chuck in the early 80s when we debated against each other in college. He got me hired in 1985 as a teacher at Damien when I was in need of a job and what followed were 7 often tough but magical years as part of the Damien community. Chuck was in the center of my experience as we were neighbors in the 100 building basement and shared countless dinners [often with Jeff Coray and Sam Pearsall], trips, and debate tournaments. When I left in 1992, he continued on for another 25 years, immersing himself with joy into all aspects of his life at Damien–teaching, debate coaching, mock trial, basketball, administration, announcing. I was able to keep up with it all because our friendship endured up to the present. And what a great friend he has been. Always there when needed with advice or help. While he was hesitant to promote his own accomplishments, he always let it be known to the world whenever good things happened to me or any of his friends.
There was never any burnout with Chuck–he just kept going in his devotion to and love for the school. Equally strong were his efforts to maintain contact with so many friends through the years. When he travelled he would make it a point to visit all that he knew wherever he was going. His influence has been vast and lasting.
By any measure, Chuck was a great man. His legacy will endure. My life will not be the same without him.
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« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2017, 08:35:23 AM »


Bill Crawford, Class of '89 says:   
August 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

Being a member of Damien debate for four years provide me with many of my fondest and longest lasting memories and life lessons. Whether it was countless hours of preparation, the memorable trips, or just hanging out in the “dungeon” discussing the pertinent topics of the day, the lessons learned still shape my life today. My relationship with Mr. Balling all might not have always been the smoothest( being the recipient of many well deserved raised eyebrows), but I will always remember the conversation before my senior year when I told him I would not be returning to the team. I had a myriad of reasons and excuses which I laid out in a concise and well reasoned argument. He listened patiently and responded that the choice was mine but that I was a valuable member of the team and regardless of how much time I had to devote to it they really needed me. Looking back I was probably the weaker member of the 8th team that year, but what Coach knew that day and I only realized years later, was not that the team needed me but how much I needed them. Thanks, Coach.
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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2017, 08:42:08 PM »

Marie A Dzuris‎
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Chuck, I heard it was a beautiful service. I am so sorry I could not be there. I have thought of you all day today. I hope you knew, when you were on this earth, how many people cared about you. I know that Toby has greeted you and is showing you around. Hug him for me.
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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2017, 08:42:46 PM »

Matt Bell‎


The value of Mr. Ballingall's role in my life is hard to put into words. In my four years of speech and debate at Damien (1985-1989), he taught me the foundational skills to succeed in a debate round--and it's turned out that those skills have become for me professional skills and life skills. In that program, I learned critical thinking, argument-construction, and improvisation. Most of all: I learned to use my voice, a priceless lesson. He was also my US History teacher, my mentor, and an all-around good guy. I'm very sorry to hear that he's gone.
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« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2017, 08:43:19 PM »

Nate Derby‎


My sincere condolences to Chuck Ballingall's family as well as the extended Damien High School family. The positive impact he left on this community is clearly evident and inspiring.
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« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2017, 08:43:51 PM »

Chris Baumann‎


I am deeply saddened by the passing of my high school teacher, debate coach, and friend - Chuck Ballingall.

I feel really lucky and blessed that he came to visit me and my family in Georgia about a month ago. We had not seen each other in 28 years since I graduated but he took the time to reach out to me for a visit. He stayed for a few hours and I was able to take him out to dinner. We reminisced about the old days and he updated me on the paths my classmates and former teachers had taken in life. I know he was proud of all of us and cared about what happened to us beyond his classroom.

During his visit, we laughed a lot and commiserated on the politics of today since we shared the same views. It was a true gift for me that he saw my life 28 years later and knew he made a big impact on my life and I was glad to be able to tell him that in person. I know I spoke for all my classmates too.

I feel privileged that I get to represent educators like Coach everyday in my role at the Georgia Association of Educators. Mr. Ballingall was not a rich man in terms of material positions but he lived a rich life and he shaped many many leaders of the future. When we parted, I did not know we were saying our final good-bye but I know that he was happy and followed his path in life. We all have teachers and friends that impacted us like he did me. Let's all raise a glass to my teacher, coach, and friend - Chuck Ballingall!! God Bless you and thank you! You will be truly missed but never forgotten.
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« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2017, 08:44:25 PM »

Aurelio Torre‎


A sad goodbye to the best debate coach, teacher, and mentor a kid could ever have. I owe so much to him, and I've got a lot of company there. RIP
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« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2017, 08:44:49 PM »

Jorge Javier Nieva‎


Dear Coach, Thank you for teaching me how to talk to an audience, to reason through an argument, and to be organized and precise in my thinking. Thank you for the way you loved your students. You really had a wonderful life.
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2017, 08:45:14 PM »

Demetrius Lambrinos‎

I just saw this sad news. Chuck was always supportive of me in debate from my high school travels through my time in Redlands. I will miss you, Chuck. D
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