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Thomas B. Hooper, a longtime English and writing teacher at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, once lived in the home of one of his Metco students for a week to see what it was like to spend more than an hour on a bus going to and from school.
“We weren’t used to people caring about what we had to say,” said Rena Wright, who went to the high school through the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity program. “Hoop,” she added, “was one of the first people who stopped and listened to us.”
Mr. Hooper, who also was a poet and an avid fisherman, and who in retirement taught at Quinsigamond and Bunker Hill community colleges, died May 25. He was 76 and lived in Cambridge.