“Old soldiers never die—they just fade away” is an old saying that was popularized by General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) in his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951. Many parodies of the saying have been made.
“Old teachers never die—they just lose their class” is a jocular one-line saying that has been cited in print since at least 1972. In a few versions, “never die” is replaced with “never retire.”
A similar education joke is “Old deans never die—they just lose their faculties.”
21 September 1972, The Press-Courier (Oxnard, CA), “Dilliberations” by Kitty Dill, pg. 21, col. 1:
Dave Meaney, an Oxnard School district teacher, passed on these lines:
“Old principals never die. They just lose their faculties.”
“Old teachers never die, They just lose their class.”
29 May 1976, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, ‘She Hasn’t Lost Class” by Mary Beth Murphy, pt. 1, pg. 7, col. 1:
Surrounded by confused clutter, boxes to pack and term papers to grade, Mrs. Washa sat in her office in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee and chuckled over a sign on her bulletin board: Teachers Never Die, They Just Lose Their Class.
February 1978, Texas Monthly, pg. 25, col. 2:
Old teachers never die, they just lose their class.
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