William C. Bader, 94, high school principal

January 16, 2003|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

William Charles Bader, retired Eastern High School principal, died Sunday of complications from cancer at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland. He was 94 and had lived in Towson since 1951.

A former Polytechnic Institute history teacher, he headed Baltimore's Eastern High in the 1960s.

Born in Baltimore and raised on East Lafayette Avenue, he was a 1926 City College graduate. He earned a diploma in 1928 from what was then the State Normal School in Towson and a degree in English in 1931 from the Johns Hopkins University. He also studied at Columbia University and the universities of Colorado and Maryland.

He began teaching as a 19-year-old at the old Abraham Lincoln Elementary School at Payson and Mulberry streets. He then taught at Roland Park Junior High before joining City College's English department faculty in 1936. The next year he started teaching English and history at Polytechnic.

During World War II, he was an Army administrative officer stationed in England. He attained the rank of captain.

After the war, he returned to Polytechnic and taught history until 1956, when he was named vice principal of Eastern. He was principal there from 1962 until retiring in 1969.

Mr. Bader wrote a chapter, "The Government of a Great City," in a 1953 textbook, Baltimore: A City of Promise.

A tennis player who competed in tournaments into the 1970s, he taught English and coached tennis at Boys' Latin School and taught English at what is now Baltimore City Community College after he retired.

"He had a marvelous demeanor in the classroom. He was unperturbable," said John M. Rose, a Goucher College philosophy professor and former Boys' Latin student. "He taught me public speaking in a way that made the class relaxed. He was a helpful teacher who got the day off to a good start."

For 20 years, he was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. He was also the author of numerous letters to the editor that appeared in The Sun.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 53 years, the former Mary Frances Mundy; sons William C. Bader Jr. of Frankfurt, Germany, Richard S. Bader of Towson and L. Douglas Bader of Chase; sisters Elizabeth C. Bader of Baltimore and Catherine M. Clark of Catonsville; and four grandchildren.

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