Ariel Hope Dallam, a home teacher in the Harford County school system for nearly 40 years, died Saturday of heart failure at her home, Mount Adams Farm near Bel Air. She was 63.
She had also taught English at the Harford Day School in the early 1960s and again in the early 1970s.
Mrs. Dallam, who was senior warden of St. George's Parish Old Spesutia Episcopal Church in Perryman, was a lay chaplain at Montebello State Hospital.
Born in Monroe, Ohio, the former Ariel Hope Harlan was raised there and in Baltimore, where she attended the Bryn Mawr School.
She also attended the Dana Hall School in Boston and graduated in 1949 from the Oldfields School.
In 1953, she graduated from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., with a degree in English. In 1979, she earned a master's degree in theology from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
She moved to Bel Air in 1954 after her marriage to William Dallam IV, who was a farmer and active in civic affairs. Mr. Dallam died in 1972.
A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. today at St. George's.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Katherine Dallam and Ariel Elizabeth Dallam Rasmussen-Taxdal; two sons, William Dallam V and David H. Dallam; and two granddaughters. All are of Bel Air.