Tim Moellering, Berkeley High history teacher and baseball coach, who died on Tuesday.

Tim Moellering, a history teacher and baseball coach at Berkeley High, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Moellering had come to BHS in 2002 after 19 years teaching at Willard Middle School, where he was both a teacher and the football coach.

BHS Principal Pascuale Scuderi wrote to parents that Moellering “remained humorous and selfless throughout his struggle. Tim was an exceptional practitioner in the classroom. Students got significant quantities of humor and perspective to compliment the expertly delivered content that we came to expect in his courses. His commitment to the academic and athletic programs of this school and thereby this community were exemplary.”

Mark Coplan, Berkeley Unified School District spokesman, had a more personal reflection: “For me, Tim watched our two oldest grow up and David had the wonderful experience of playing football at Willard for Coach Moellering, and later failing his AP History class at BHS. Tim was an easygoing guy, but he always taught his students; he never failed in his responsibility as an educator, family friend of not. I really valued that.”

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...