Margareta A. Faissler, 88, retired head of the history department at the Roland Park Country School, died Nov. 11 at the Fairhaven retirement community after a long illness.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, 816 N. Eutaw St.
Miss Faissler retired in 1967 as head of the history department after teaching at the Roland Park Country School for 31 years, said Elizabeth Murphy, director of alumni affairs. Many graduates said they went on to study history because of Miss Faissler.
At her retirement, Miss Faissler credited teachers she had in college for her interest in history, but she refused to take full credit for 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."
Born in Sycamore, Ill., Miss Faissler 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.
At Roland Park, she completed her study of European diplomatic history for a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
She wrote "Modern Times," a high school text on European history, and a pamphlet, "Key to the Past," a bibliography for teachers.
After her retirement, she taught for a short time at Goucher College.
Survivors include a sister, Frances F. Michael of Pottstown, Pa.; four nieces; and two nephews. A memorial fund has been established at Roland Park Country School.