Georgeanna Chester, Music teacher
Services for Georgeanna M. Chester, who retired after heading the music departments of Douglass and Edmondson high schools, will be held at noon tomorrow at Douglass Memorial Church, 1300 Madison Ave.
Mrs. Chester died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 80.
Whether it was Verdi's "Aida," spirituals, Billie Holiday or the Temptations, Mrs. Chester imbued her students with appreciation for all music. Noted for teaching Ethel Ennis, Veronica Tyler and Junetta Jones, Mrs. Chester retired from public school teaching in 1972.
Mrs. Chester was the fourth daughter of the late Anna and George McMechen, one of the first black graduates of Yale Law School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from what was then Morgan State College and later earned a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory.
From Oberlin, she went on to teach at Prairie View State College in Texas and later returned to Baltimore to teach in public schools. In 1947 she earned her master's degree in music education from Columbia University.
Along with her membership in the Douglass Memorial Church, she also belonged to the Music Educators' National Conference, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the Baltimore Chapter of the Girl Friends and was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Mrs. Chester is survived by her husband of 49 years, Paul L. Chester; a daughter, Paula Chester Nocera of New York; a sister, Catherine L. Wilson of Baltimore; and two nieces, Peggy Ann Araya and Tania Ann Araya, both of Randallstown.