Lili S. Boston, 75, teacher of foreign languages

May 14, 2002

Lili S. Boston, who taught foreign languages in Baltimore public schools for nearly 30 years, died Sunday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Sinai Hospital. She was 75 and lived in Ashburton.

Before her 1979 retirement, she was head of the modern language department at what was then William H. Lemmel Junior High. She taught French, Spanish and German. She also taught at the former Booker T. Washington and Woodbourne junior highs.

She was born Lili Sturgis in Baltimore and was raised on East 23rd Street. She was a graduate of Dunbar High School and of Morgan State University, where she was elected homecoming queen. She studied language at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a master's degree in French culture and literature from McGill University in Montreal.

In 1955, she married Joseph Boston, an Aberdeen Proving Ground chemist. He was later a training specialist with the Social Security Administration.

Mrs. Boston was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Jack and Jill of America, an African-American family organization that works to aid children.

She sang with Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church choir, and gave violin and piano recitals for area social organizations. She also wrote poetry, and enjoyed taking her grandchildren to ballet and theater performances.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave., where she was a member. A family hour begins at 9:30 a.m.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jose Boston of Baltimore and Juan Boston of Westminster; two daughters, Maya Coiner of Frederick and Maria Lee of Richmond, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

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