Lavina Virginia Haupt, 73, encyclopedia manager

October 10, 2002

Lavina Virginia Haupt, a retired educator and World Book Encyclopedia manager, died of liver failure Sunday at her Lutherville home. She was 73.

A native of Standish, Mich., Lavina V. Schwab earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. In the late 1950s, she earned a master's in education from the University of Michigan.

She taught in Lutheran Christian elementary schools in Wisconsin, California and Michigan, before marrying Edward O. Haupt in 1962 and moving to Baltimore.

Mrs. Haupt taught elementary pupils in Baltimore County public schools for eight years until 1964, when she resigned to raise her daughter. In 1972, she established a preschool at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Baltimore, which evolved into Bethlehem Christian Day School in Cedonia.

Mrs. Haupt retired in 1992 from World Book Encyclopedia after 15 years as a manager.

She was a parishioner of Calvary Lutheran Church and member of Lutheran Women in Mission, which supports Christian missions worldwide. She also volunteered with Prison Ministry Fellowship, helping to mentor young women parolees making the transition to life outside prison.

Mrs. Haupt was also a volunteer and board member of the Citizens Foster Care Review Board of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Calvary Lutheran, 2625 E. Northern Parkway.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Haupt is survived by a daughter, Elisabeth Hudgens of Finksburg; a brother, Harold Schwab of Standish; and a granddaughter.

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