Memorial service Thursday for teacher Margareta Faissler

November 27, 1990

A memorial service for Margareta A. Faissler, retired head of the history department at the Roland Park Country School, willbe held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, 816 N. Eutaw St.

Miss Faissler, who was 88, died Nov. 11 at the Fairhaven retirement community after a long illness.

She retired in 1967 as head of the history department after teaching at the Roland Park Country School for 31 years and becoming "the crown jewel" of the faculty, admired by her students, according to Elizabeth Murphy, director of alumni affairs. Many graduates said they went on to study history because of Miss Faissler, Ms. Murphy said.

At her retirement, Miss Faissler credited teachers she had in college for her interest in history, but she refused to take full credit for the number of her students who continued to study history.

"I don't know if you can say they majored in history just because of me," she said. "Most people major in history or English if they don't know of anything else to do."

Miss Faissler said she liked teaching history because she could learn from the students, and agreed when one of them suggested that she was a professional student of history.

She was born in Sycamore, Ill., and joked with her students that they could not pass her course if they did not know where it was.

After graduating from Sycamore High School, she went to Wellesley College, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. She taught in Dallas and in Tulsa, Okla., before coming to Baltimore.

While at Roland Park, she completed her study of European diplomatic history for a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

In addition to several professional articles, she wrote "Modern Times," a high school text on European history, and a pamphlet, "Key to the Past," a bibliography for teachers.

She was a member of the committee on teaching of the American Historical Association. After her retirement, she taught for a short time at Goucher College.

She is survived by a sister, Frances F. Michael of Pottstown, Pa.; four nieces; and two nephews. A memorial fund has been established at the Roland Park Country School.

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