Joan S. Sandler, 72, taught English at Western High

September 24, 2002

Joan S. Sandler, who formerly taught English at Western High School, died yesterday of complications from arteriosclerosis at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 72, and had been a longtime Mount Washington resident before moving to the Tuscany-Canterbury section of North Baltimore this year.

Mrs. Sandler retired six years ago after 20 years on the faculty at Western High, her alma mater. Earlier in her career, she taught at a school for single mothers in downtown Baltimore.

Born Joan Katzenstein, her name was changed to Strouse when she was age 5 and her mother remarried. She grew up in Mount Washington and was a 1948 graduate of Western. She earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Goucher College and a master's in reading from Loyola College.

She was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women, Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum, and active in the Art Seminar, a cultural organization. She also played bridge, belonged to a book club, and regularly attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Mrs. Sandler is survived by her husband of a half-century, public relations executive and author Gilbert Sandler; a son, Joseph E. Sandler of Washington; two daughters, Marie Laura Schott of Westminster and Judy Strouse Sandler-Klein of Stevenson; and seven grandchildren.

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