Natalie Ann S. Smallwood, a computer instructor at St. Paul's School for Girls, died March 9 of cancer at her Roland Park home. She was 46.
She had worked at the Brooklandville school since 1986 and was described by colleagues as "an invaluable part of the computer science department," where she instructed faculty and students the use of the school's more than 40 computers.
Lila Lohr, headmistress of the school, said, "She was an extremely warm and caring person who had many friends here, both children and parents. Her life was entwined with the school where she had not only been a student but had children here as students."
"This is a terrible loss, and we will miss her energy and sense of fun," Mrs. Lohr said.
"She brought me into her family and was like a mother and a sister to me," recalled Karen McKeon, a social studies teacher and coach who came to the school in 1986.
"She was the most nonjudgmental person I've ever known, and she always looked at the positive side of things. She had a great sense of self-deprecating humor that held everyone's interest," she said.
The former Natalie Ann Semans, known as Lannie, was born and reared in the Roland Park-Guilford area. She was a 1966 graduate of St. Paul's and attended Villa Julie College before going to work as a secretary for several firms.
In 1969, she married Hugh R. Smallwood, president of Data Base Consulting. In 1975, she stopped working to rear a family, then went to work at St. Paul's in 1986.
Mrs. Smallwood was also a volunteer at the Baltimore Zoo and each year helped organize the annual Memorial Day picnic in her neighborhood.
A memorial service was to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., Baltimore.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Hugh M. Smallwood; a daughter, Ann R. Smallwood; three sisters, Cathy Munson of New Haven, Conn., and Nancy Talbott and Winkie Albertson, both of Baltimore; her parents, William R. and Ann C. Seamans of Baltimore; and many nephews and nieces.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's School for Girls, 11232 Falls Road, Brooklandville, 21093.