De La Salle North Catholic High School said goodbye to longtime college counselor Barbara Ward over the summer. Ward, who’d been in the position for the past 16 years, helped numerous youth at the North Portland high school apply to college.

In an email to the school community, administrators pointed to memories of Ward. She was remembered talking with students about their families, interests and college dreams, announcing — from memory — the college choice of seniors at graduation, researching scholarships, schools and records in her basement office, and walking graduates through their graduation procession.

“We remember her . . . cajoling us, teaching us, caring for us, relentless, indefatigable. This is how she loved us,” read the email.