He retired the year after I passed his class. I was a bit intimidated by him, but after a year in his class, I had learned quite alot from him. Great teacher!
Ray Sargent was my AP English teacher in 1987-8. His is one of the few courses that still leaves a (positive) impression, even if he did write his Ph.D. dissertation on Steinbeck.
It's very difficult to get an A in the class but it's fun and u learn so much!