On this day–Monday, March 27, 2002–John Schleicher, long time cook at Boxwell, died. Schleicher’s wife, Pearl, and sister-in-law, Estelle Lankford (known as Mrs. B). were the heart and soul of the Boxwell kitchen from 1962 to 1994. John often joined in the summer, but became a regular fixture in later year. John was 90 years old when he died, preceding Pearl by two and a half years. John worked for Metro schools for 34 years and was a member of both the Masonic Lodge and the Hermitage Church of Christ. He was a gregarious figure at Boxwell and had he uncomfortable habit of pinching youth staff. Pictured here is Pearl and John in the early 1970s.