Alan D. Boltz, 76, French teacher

February 06, 2003

Alan D. Boltz, who taught French for 23 years at Park School and later at John Carroll School, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Timonium home. He was 76.

Mr. Boltz was born and raised in Lebanon, Pa., and served in the Navy as a sonar operator from 1945 to 1947.

He attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., on the GI Bill, earning his bachelor's degree in French. He later earned a master's from the Sorbonne in Paris.

"He always said the Navy made it possible for him to see the world and go to college," said his wife of 17 years, the former Nancy Morstein.

Mr. Boltz began his teaching career at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson before joining Park School in 1956. He taught French there until retiring in 1979. After a two-year hiatus, he taught at John Carroll School in Bel Air, then retired a second time in 1985.

In addition to French, he was proficient in Russian, Spanish and German. He was also an expert grammarian who "loved the power of words," Mrs. Boltz said.

"He'd correct the grammar he heard while watching TV. He'd snap off the set and then tell me what was wrong. I don't think I ever saw an entire show in years," she said, laughing.

For years, Mr. Boltz enjoyed riding and had traveled across country on his black BMW motorcycle. He also lifted weights and ran six miles a day, three times a week, for 30 years until his health began to fail last year.

Mr. Boltz was also a student of the world wars, and had a large library devoted to the subject. He also liked listening to classical music.

Services were held Tuesday.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a stepson, Steven Alan Fuld of Los Angeles; a stepdaughter, Susan Boltz-McCarthy of Brattleboro, Vt.; a sister, Margaret Privat of France; and two grandchildren.

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