Elizabeth 'Mitzi' Seamon, 88, teacher, vice principal, pianist

February 18, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Elizabeth "Mitzi" McDonough Seamon, a retired Baltimore County schoolteacher whose last position was vice principal of Battle Grove Elementary School, died Monday of cancer at her Dundalk home. She was 88.

Born in Sparrows Point when the blue-collar community's life revolved around the Bethlehem Steel plant, she graduated from Sparrows Point High School and received a teaching degree from Towson Normal School (now Towson State University).

She took graduate teaching courses at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. She also studied music at Peabody Institute and Institute of Notre Dame.

As a teen-ager, she played the piano for silent films at the Lyceum Theater in Sparrows Point.

From 1926 until she retired in 1966, Mrs. Seamon taught at Sparrows Point and Battle Grove elementary schools. She was appointed to vice principal at each school.

According to published accounts, while at Sparrows Point Elementary she lamented the fact that she was unable to teach music because she had no piano. The county school superintendent soon told her to go to Baltimore and pick out a piano. She did, and the piano was delivered to the school.

After 26 years at Sparrows Point Elementary, she transferred to Battle Grove Elementary and was permitted to take the piano with her.

In 1935, she married John A. Seamon, a former assistant principal at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He died in 1966.

Active in school and community organizations until six months before she died, Mrs. Seamon was chosen as the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce's first "Woman of the Year" in 1978.

She was a founder of the Dundalk Concert Association, and its president for nine years. She was a member of the Dundalk Community Theatre, the Baltimore County Arts Council, the Women's Club of Dundalk and the Baltimore County Retired Teachers Association. She also was a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and a communicant at St. Rita's Catholic Church.

Mrs. Seamon is survived by a brother, Terence F. McDonough of Dundalk; a sister, Julia McDonough Flynn of Towson; two nephews; three nieces; and many greatnephews and great-greatnephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Dundalk with interment at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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