John Cruitt and Cecile Doyle

It was just two days before Christmas in 1958 when John Cruitt’s mother died after a serious illness.

He was a student in Cecile Doyle’s third grade class at the time.

More than 50 years later, John tracked down his former teacher, to tell her how she helped him through that difficult time.

Originally aired December 28, 2012, on NPR’s Morning Edition.