Stephen J. Duckworth's colleagues say he was optimistic, willing to go the extra mile and dedicated to the students and teachers he served as supervisor of physical education in the county public school system.
Family and friends gathered yesterday at a memorial service for Duckworth, who died a few minutes after midnight Friday at Frederick Memorial Hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at his Mount Airy home. He was 42.
"He kind of put things in perspective on winning and losing. Manytimes I'd hear him on the phone counseling parents that there is more to life than winning and losing, coaches and rules," said Donald Disney, executive supervisor of health, safety and physical education.
Joan M. Palmer, associate superintendent for curriculum and supervision, said Duckworth was "a fine human being and an outstanding professional."
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trenton State College in his native New Jersey, Duckworth moved to the Mount Airy area in 1971 and started his career as an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County. In 1986, he became a teacher specialist in health and physical education.
He earned a master's degree in recreation from the University of Maryland and in 1988 came to Howard County as physical education supervisor.
Survivors include his wife, Janice C. Redingerof Mount Airy; a son by his first marriage, Geoff Duckworth of Glenwood; and his parents, Jay H. and Doris B. Duckworth of Milford, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Steve Duckworth MemorialScholarship Fund, in care of Donald Disney at the Howard County Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, 21043.