Robert F. Frantz, 70, teacher in Baltimore nearly 40 years

March 17, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Robert F. Frantz, a teacher in Baltimore for nearly 40 years, died of heart failure Friday while visiting relatives in Atlanta. He was 70.

A resident of Hamilton in Northeast Baltimore, he taught history and science, and was chairman of the science department at several schools in a teaching career that began in 1952 and ended in 1989.

"He took pride in kids that didn't want to go to other classes but would want to come to his class," said a daughter, Kathy Woods of Palo Alto, Calif. "He enjoyed turning around kids."

Mr. Frantz taught at the old Benjamin Franklin Junior High, Polytechnic Institute, Western High School, the former Garrison Junior High School and Herring Run Junior High.

He also taught part time at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore from 1956 to 1977.

"There were never any criticisms of him here," said Reva Gold, a longtime secretary at the all-male Talmudical Academy. "He was well-liked by all of the boys. He was always friendly and cooperative."

Mr. Frantz was known for making science experiments fun and interesting for students. He also tested an experiment or two at his home.

"We always had science experiments all over the house," Mrs. Woods said. "He had us to do them."

A Baltimore native, Mr. Frantz graduated from City College in the late 1940s and then-Towson State Teachers College in 1951.

Glen Wilson, a colleague at Garrison Junior High, said Mr. Frantz read science books and magazines and kept in touch with new developments.

"He was willing to put in the extra effort for the kids," Mr. Wilson said. "If it meant sacrificing his time, then it was worth it to him."

Mr. Frantz enjoyed traveling, learning different cultures and sharing them with his students.

After he retired, he traveled more, visiting 23 countries and sharing his experiences with students at Glenmount Elementary School, where his granddaughter is enrolled.

He married Bridget Brown McDougall in 1952. She died in 1989.

Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 3331 Brehms Lane.

He also is survived by four other daughters, Sandy Frantz Ruscart and Sharon Frantz, both of Baltimore, Anita Frantz Marrone of Vienna, Va., and Lisa Frantz of Roswell, Ga.; a sister, Elizabeth McManus of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/17/98

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