Clara Schmidt, 89, director at Hopkins' evening...

August 10, 1999

Clara Schmidt, 89, director at Hopkins' evening college

Clara McMahon Schmidt, who had been an associate professor and directed the division of education at the Johns Hopkins University evening college, died of cancer Thursday at her Towson home. She was 89.

Mrs. Schmidt, who retired in 1970, wrote three books and several articles about education, said a niece, C. Ann Ritter of Towson.

Her aunt became an educator because of her positive experiences at Eastern High School, where she graduated in 1927, Mrs. Ritter said. "She had some good teachers at Eastern that made a lasting impression on her," she said.

The former Clara McMahon, who was born in Baltimore, earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1931 and a doctorate in education from Hopkins in 1942. She taught public school in Hagerstown beginning in 1931, then worked for the federal government. She was an associate professor of education at Hood College in Frederick from 1953 to 1955, when she joined Hopkins.

In 1968, she married Hermann O. Schmidt, who died in 1982.

A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1108 Providence Road, Towson.

She is survived by another niece and a nephew.

David A. Synan Sr., 82, Overlea High custodian

David A. Synan Sr., a retired Baltimore County public schools custodian, died Sunday of pneumonia at Maryland General Hospital. He was 82.

The longtime Edgewood resident retired in 1980 from Overlea High School, where he had been a custodian for 26 years.

He was born in Pocahontas, Va., where he attended public schools, and came to Baltimore in the 1940s.

He was a member of Essex Church of God for more than 40 years.

He was married for many years to the former Arlene Bailey, who died in 1969.

Services will be held tomorrow in Pocahontas.

He is survived by two sons, David A. Synan Jr. of Edgewood and Kenneth M. Synan of Essex; and three grandchildren.

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