Warren Evans Olt, 78, teacher, train enthusiast

October 14, 2002

Warren Evans Olt, a retired high school teacher who was a train and streetcar enthusiast, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The former Timonium resident moved to Oak Crest Village in Parkville last year. He was 78.

Mr. Olt was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Baltimore as a child. He grew up in Rodgers Forge, graduated from McDonogh School in 1942 and earned a degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Philippines and in Japan. He later went into the Army Reserve, retiring as a major in 1984.

He was married for 50 years to the former Nancy Ford, who died last year.

Mr. Olt taught business mathematics at Edmondson High School before retiring in 1984. He later prepared tax returns for H&R Block and taught night accounting classes at Dulaney High School.

A past president of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, he was also a charter member and former treasurer of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

"He lectured to the weekday tours," said Edwin Schell, a Baltimore Streetcar Museum librarian. "And he spoke in a high school teacher's voice. We could hear him a distance away."

Mr. Olt took thousands of rail-related photographs, including many of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad.

"He was a generous sharer of his knowledge and of his photos," said railroad historian Herbert H. Harwood.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road in Towson.

He is survived by three daughters, Nancy L. Olt of Chelmsford, Mass., Tricia A. Olt of North Brunswick, N.J., and Christine O. Reedy of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Mickey Slasman of Hagerstown; and two grandchildren.

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