Jerome “Jerry” Auclair passed away peacefully at home in New Haven on March 11 after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jerry was born in 1945 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the second of four children of Alcide and Edna Auclair. He graduated from South Hadley High School in 1963 and from the University of Massachusetts in 1967 with a B.S. in mathematics. Jerry began an illustrious 52-year career in education at Nonnewaug High School, where he taught math, coached baseball, was athletic director, and eventually assistant principal. In 1972 he was awarded an M.S. in Education, and in 1976, at the young age of 30, he became principal of Somers High School, where he served for 11 years before becoming principal of Southington High School in 1987.