Alma L. Wolf, 90, teacher and dancer

September 23, 2001|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Alma Loth Wolf, a former ballet dancer and teacher who had studios in Baltimore and Catonsville and who performed in operettas with the Curtain Callers of Baltimore, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at her home in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 90.

Until a few years ago, she performed with the Palm Beach Ballet and choreographed for the Palm Beach Opera. She often took minor roles with the ballet, including her favorite, the nanny in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

"She was getting older, but she still had great movement," said stepsister Alma Meagher of Baltimore.

She and her husband, Lester B. Wolf, retired to Palm Beach in 1973 along with several friends from Baltimore, people they'd met through their work with the Curtain Callers, a song and dance troupe. Mr. Wolf died three months after the couple arrived in Florida. They married in 1940.

The couple worked for many years with students who performed spring musicals at Towson Catholic High School. Mrs. Wolf helped students perfect their dance steps, and Mr. Wolf directed the musicals.

Mrs. Wolf also taught ballet and social dancing for many years at a studio in Catonsville. She held dance recitals at Catonsville High School.

She taught at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland for more than 30 years and held social dancing lessons at the Rolling Road Country Club in Catonsville.

Youths who attended her dance classes were also taught social etiquette such as how to address elders and how to bow and curtsy.

At one time, she taught ballet to neighborhood children in the dining room of her father's Waverly home. "It was the easiest room to clear out the furniture and make some space," said Mrs. Meagher, who also took ballet lessons from Mrs. Wolf.

Born Alma Loth in Richmond, Va., she studied ballet at the American Ballet School in New York City and was selected to perform a solo on Wall Street in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of President George Washington. Mrs. Wolf enrolled at the Peabody Institute after graduating from Eastern High School.

Friends may call on the family from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2015 St. Paul St. Burial will follow at the Lorraine Park Cemetery.

In addition to Mrs. Meagher, Mrs. Wolf is survived by another stepsister, Vera D. Guttmann of Baltimore; a niece, Linda L. Dykes of Wrightsville Beach, N.C.; and many other nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wolf was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur A. Loth Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church or to the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

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