Robert J. Hewes, 64, teacher, guidance counselor

January 01, 2003

Robert J. Hewes, 64, teacher, guidance counselor

Robert J. Hewes, who worked for 30 years in Anne Arundel County schools as a high school history teacher, then a guidance counselor, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at his Pasadena home. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Linthicum Heights, Mr. Hewes was a 1955 Brooklyn Park High School graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Towson University and a master's degree in counseling from the Johns Hopkins University.

He began his career as a history teacher at Andover High School before becoming a guidance counselor at Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Annapolis and Old Mill high schools. He retired from Old Mill at age 52. He wanted to spend more time reading historical novels and biographies, family members said.

Two marriages ended in divorce.

Mr. Hewes was a lifelong Orioles fan and, when doctors told him in 2001 that he would not be alive by May, he ordered season tickets. He attended the games in 2001 and last year.

He returned home from North Arundel Hospital with an oxygen tank to eat Thanksgiving dinner with his family in November.

In addition to reading, Mr. Hewes enjoyed traveling, tennis, bowling, volleyball and renewing acquaintances with former students.

Services were held yesterday in Glen Burnie.

Survivors include a son, David Hewes; a brother, Michael Hewes; and a sister, Linda Betz, all of Linthicum Heights; three grandchildren; and his girlfriend, Catherine Tate of Pasadena.

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