Rebecca Redler, 89, elementary school teacher

September 22, 1997

Rebecca Redler, a retired Baltimore elementary school teacher, died in her sleep Thursday at Milford Manor Nursing Home in Pikesville. She was 89.

Mrs. Redler taught for most of her career at the old Louisa May Alcott School No. 59, at Keyworth Avenue and Reisterstown Road.

"She never chose to go into administration because she liked her students so much," said Betty R. Cooper, Mrs. Redler's only child.

"People still stop me on the street and ask how she is doing," said Ms. Cooper, a former teacher and a resident of Lutherville. "She taught a whole generation of Baltimoreans who are now professionals. When she was a patient at Sinai Hospital, her doctors were her former students."

She was born Rebecca Hendin in the Pimlico neighborhood -- not in Baltimore but in London. She moved to Baltimore as an infant with her family. She and Louis Redler were married 1932 and settled in Baltimore's Pimlico section.

A graduate of old Eastern High School, Mrs. Redler earned her bachelor's degree at what is now Towson University. Her teaching career included 23 years at School 59 -- from 1946 until 1969. The school closed in 1972 and later was converted into housing for the elderly.

Services were Friday.

In addition to her husband of 65 years and her daughter, Mrs. Redler is survived by a sister, Jeanette Schapiro of Pikesville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/22/97

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