Neil Henry's article, "Elderly Teachers Are Rich in Memories" {front page, Nov. 4}, is a touching reaffirmation of the grace, dignity and spirit that life can hold at every age.

Mr. Henry is right: the story of the schoolteachers at The Manor could be the story of any retirement home, of any place in America. Having worked for the American Association of Homes for the Aging for the past nine years, I have witnessed a similar commitment to self-reliance and charity in countless voluntary homes.

Thanks, Mr. Henry, for a moving story, beautifully told. You've made me doubly proud to work on behalf of nonprofit retirement communities and the remarkable elderly persons who live -- and even flourish -- there.

DEBORAH CLOUD Fairfax

I so enjoyed The Post's fine story on the retired schoolteachers now living in Omaha, Neb. As a native Omahan who was educated in the Omaha public school system, I have the greatest admiration for those wonderfully dedicated teachers who gave me and my peers an exceptionally strong grounding in such basic subjects as English grammar and spelling.

My hair stands on end when I hear the incorrect grammar spoken in our society today, especially by television personalities, and it makes me appreciate even more those selfless teachers who insist we receive the essentials of a good education.

ANNE REISS BAKER Rockville