Grateful for the advice received from LeRoy Rose

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Grateful for the advice received from LeRoy Rose


ActiveRain Ambassador Debbie Reynolds has issued a November challenge to ActiveRain bloggers to write about things for which we are grateful. It is a good time to count our blessings, big and small. I like this challenge because it requires us to recall some of the meaningful times in our lives.

I went to Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. I really did not have a clear career path in mind even though my father had told people that I would be a lawyer for as long as I could remember. Nobody from my family had gone to college. 

Fortunately, the Guidance Counselor was Mr. LeRoy Rose who happened to be a graduate of the University of Virginia. Based on his encouragement, I applied for admission and was accepted. This was life changing advice for me. I graduated from UVA with a finance major and went on to graduate from the School of Law at The University.

I do not recall ever speaking with Mr. Rose after I left high school but will be forever grateful for his advice and encouragement. He passed away on August 14, 2011, at age 90, in Williamsburg, Virginia.


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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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Roy Kelley
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Good Saturday afternoon to all. This is a Facebook group that you may wish to join...

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Nov 03, 2018 11:28 AM #1
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You received good advice. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for reminder of day light savings time.

Nov 03, 2018 11:40 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Roy Kelley,

I loved reading your story and you reminded me to reflect back to my America History teacher in High School. Mr. Rainy..we called our class Raine's Rebels because we had so much fun discussing and acting out our history lessons. He taught me how fun it was to learn!

Nov 03, 2018 11:57 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely tribute to Mr. Rose.  I really enjoyed reading your story.  Wishing you a great Sunday

Nov 03, 2018 12:34 PM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a good man and one that led you towards a path for success, I am glad he gave you such good advice.

Nov 03, 2018 12:48 PM #7
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

He sounds like a great man with good advice Roy. Hope you are having a good weekend.

Nov 03, 2018 03:52 PM #8
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

What a great memory to share with us.  It's incredible how much we may unknowingly affect others.  He was just doing his job but yet he guided you in a whole new direction.

Nov 03, 2018 04:49 PM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Roy, what a nice tribute to your guidance counselor, Mr. Rose. 

Nov 03, 2018 06:27 PM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is excellent Roy. Teachers and counselors have more impact on us than they know and it is life changing.

Nov 03, 2018 07:55 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Roy.  It is interesting to read about the profound effect that some educators have had on our lives.

Nov 04, 2018 05:27 AM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, you had a great mentor that guided you in the right direction.  You were lucky.

Nov 04, 2018 06:41 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 04, 2018 07:48 AM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 04, 2018 09:25 AM #16
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Roy, You were lucky to have a guidance counselor who cared for your future.  Thanks to LeRoy Rose we all have the honor of knowing you.  Roses for Mr Rose

Nov 29, 2018 09:54 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 29, 2018 10:10 AM #19
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

In my adulthood, I actually have sent a letter to a high school teacher who I came to really appreciate after I graduated. I never heard from them but hope they realize they changed my life! -K

Nov 29, 2018 10:31 PM #20
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