Stephen F. Fromyer Sr., 77, school guidance counselor

May 08, 2002

Stephen F. Fromyer Sr., a retired Annapolis High School guidance counselor and World War II combat Marine, died Sunday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 77.

The longtime Severna Park resident had lived at Heritage Harbor in Annapolis since 1991. He was born and raised in North East, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1941.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and served with the infantry in the Pacific. He participated in the Iwo Jima and Guam landings and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of sergeant. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served in Germany from 1950 to 1953.

Mr. Fromyer earned his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 1948. He earned a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1961, and a certificate of advanced study in 1964.

He began his teaching career in 1957 at Brooklyn Park High School. A year later he transferred to Annapolis High School, where he was a guidance counselor until retiring in 1986.

In 1952, he married Lois A. Jordan, who survives him.

He was a member of the Civitan Club of Annapolis and was a former president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

He enjoyed attending Orioles baseball and Navy football games. He also liked collecting stamps, especially first-day covers, as well as coins and baseball memorabilia.

Mr. Fromyer was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 DuBois Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Fromyer is survived by a son, Stephen F. Fromyer Jr. of Silver Spring; a daughter, Heidi Szrom of Valparaiso, Ind.; and five grandchildren.

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