Lee A. Diehl, 81, McDonogh teacher over 30 years

October 31, 1991

Lee A. Diehl, who taught at McDonogh School for more than 30 years, died Friday at Baltimore County General Hospital of a circulatory illness. He was 81 and lived on Willow Bend Road in Owings Mills.

A memorial service for Mr. Diehl will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel of the school, 8600 McDonogh Road.

PD Known as "Pop," he retired in 1975 as a geography teacher in the

Middle School at McDonogh, but had started his teaching career in the Lower School in 1944.

A native of Shippensburg, Pa., he earned bachelor's and master's degrees at what is now Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He came to McDonogh from a position in Red Lion, Pa.

James C. Thompson, who was one of his last students and a VTC friend of the family who used to fish with Mr. Diehl as a child, described the teacher as being "a real softy" underneath a "gruff exterior" in the classroom.

His wife, the former Mildred Webb, died in 1980.

He is survived by a daughter, Nancy W. Diehl of Reisterstown.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the McDonogh School or to the National Geographic Educational Foundation.

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