Faculty Retirements
McCallie Communications Office
Retired faculty and staff: Chet LeSourd, Ted Headlee and Deb Rucker


Chet LeSourd ’72

For 43 years, Chet LeSourd has been a powerful presence at McCallie. As an English teacher, coach (tennis, baseball), and dorm head (where he and his wife, Susan, raised their children and tended to hundreds of ninth grade boarders), he has left a strong and lasting imprint on the school.

“I think that the greatest strength of McCallie is the relationship that students have with their teachers, and Chet LeSourd is the textbook example of that. The boys know that he cares for them, that he wants the best for them, that he loves them. . . and when they know that, they open up and respond and grow,” said Lee Burns ’87 Head of School, who was a student of Chet LeSourd.

Mr. LeSourd’s diverse roles included English Department Chairman, head tennis coach, head 8th and 9th grade baseball coach, Dormitory Head, Director of Academic Camp, and Director of the Caldwell Writing Center since being appointed to the Caldwell Chair of Composition.

Chet says,“I just thank God above that I feel like I was able to be a good dad, to be a good husband, to be a good teacher simply because I had such enjoyment,” reflecting on his career at McCallie from the Stories from the Ridge podcast. 

“Chet, we gratefully acknowledge your immeasurable impact on the McCallie community,” said fellow English teacher Cleve Latham:“You opened minds and changed hearts with your gentle nudging. You taught what really counts – the truth and the mystery. You performed magic with compassion, wisdom, and love. Your influence will travel through generations like a priceless legacy.”

Ted Headlee
Manager of Health Services
Nine Years at McCallie

“Ted performed his job so deftly that at times you didn’t know he was around. But he was, and he was instrumental in establishing the Health Services Department into one of the best of its kind in the nation. During COVID especially, Ted kept the office fully staffed and functioning, and students and faculty alike are appreciative to him for keeping them safe and healthy.” – Lee Burns ’87

Deb Rucker
Dining Hall Staff
More than 25 Years at McCallie

Deb “Miss Debbie” Rucker, retired after more than 25 years in the Dining Hall. 

“At times, I was a server, a ‘herder,’ a disciplinarian, a counselor.  . . but always a friend to the thousands of boys who came through the lines in the Dining Hall.”