Lillian R. Ingalls, 92, kindergarten teacher

April 28, 2002

Lillian R. Ingalls, who taught kindergarten students for more than 40 years, died Tuesday of complications from a broken hip at an Andover, Mass., nursing home. She was 92 and had lived in Wiltondale.

Lillian Rohde was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and after graduation from high school attended Cortland (N.Y.) State Normal School. She later earned her bachelor's degree from Towson State College in 1951.

Mrs. Ingalls began her teaching career in Westchester County, N.Y., public schools in 1931. After moving to Baltimore, she was on the faculty of Leith Walk Elementary School from 1951 until retiring in 1975.

Considered an expert on kindergarten education, she was consulted by Fred Rogers while preparing for what became his award-winning television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, said family members.

She also had been active with the Girl Scouts while living in Wiltondale. In 1995, she moved to Andover, Mass.

Graveside services will be private.

Mrs. Ingalls is survived by her husband of 68 years, Warren Ingalls of Andover, a retired estate planner; a daughter, Nancy Crossfield of Andover; and three grandchildren.

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