Harold Richard Gentes, 73, school music teacher

October 07, 2003

Harold Richard Gentes, a retired music teacher active in local music circles, died Thursday at Union Memorial Hospital after heart surgery. He was 73 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Born in Fairbury, Ill., and raised on a Chenoa, Ill., farm, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State Normal University in Bloomington. He belonged to the Blackfriars, a musical fraternity, and performed in the university chorus and in musical productions.

He taught in Illinois public schools, then served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a chaplain's assistant and played the organ for religious services.

He moved to Baltimore in 1964 and became a Baltimore elementary schools supervisor. In the summers, he taught at the University of Rhode Island.

In 1973, he became a Baltimore County teacher at Harford Hills, Loch Raven and Perry Hall elementary schools. He retired in 1991.

In 1986, he received a Baltimore County Teachers Association award recognizing outstanding contributions to education.

He was former director of the Towson Unitarian Church choir. He had also performed in the Baltimore Actors' Theatre productions of The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun and Babes in Toyland. He had been music coordinator of the Baltimore Arts Council Festival.

In retirement, he taught at the Czech and Slovak Language School in Baltimore County. He also made Czech pastries and breads, and maintained a flower and vegetable garden.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Dolores Zajicek, and his son, Paul F. Gentes of Bel Air.

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