Richard Allan Stohler, 48, schoolteacher

April 13, 2002

Richard Allan Stohler, an elementary school teacher and actor, died Wednesday of complications from cancer at his Columbia home. He was 48.

A third-grade teacher at Dasher Green Elementary School in Columbia since 1996, Mr. Stohler previously taught at the Young School in Howard County and in Dale City, Va.

Friends said he often worked with students who were having academic and behavioral problems.

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was a graduate of William Paterson University in Paterson. He also earned a master's degree in administration from Loyola College.

A baritone, he sang and performed as Juan Peron in Evita, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, the dentist in Little Shop of Horrors and the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz. He appeared at Toby's, Burn Brae, Colony 7, Lazy Susan and Harlequin dinner theaters.

A memorial service is being planned.

He is survived by his partner, Terrence H. Sweeney of Columbia; a daughter, Brooke Renee Stohler of Montclair, Va.; his mother, Irene Benjamin Stohler of Hawthorne, N.J.; two brothers, Robert Stohler of Nashville, Tenn., and Roger Stohler of Hawthorne, N.J.

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