Helen M. Nachby, 57, Balto. County art teacher

August 26, 2004

Helen M. Nachby, who taught art in Baltimore County middle schools and enjoyed creating abstract watercolors, died of leukemia Aug. 19 at her Columbia home. She was 57.

She was born Helen M. Gomberg in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Hewlett, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in art education in 1968 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and later a master's in art from the University of Bridgeport.

She taught briefly after her marriage in 1968 to Andrew Nachby. The marriage ended in divorce.

After raising her family, Mrs. Nachby returned to teaching in 1997, at Middle River, Old Court and Southwest Academy middle schools. She retired in 2002 because of failing health.

She also coordinated exchange student programs for the International Education Foundation, which placed students with local families.

Mrs. Nachby -- who painted under her maiden name -- exhibited her work at numerous shows. She also created ceramic jewelry that was displayed at the National Museum of Ceramics in Washington.

Services were held Monday in Florida.

She is survived by two daughters, Alysha D. DiGiorgio of Rockville and Loren R. Walker of Coral Springs, Fla.; her parents, Dave and Frances Gomberg of Tamarac, Fla; a brother, Warren Gomberg of Marblehead, Mass.; a sister, Trudee Smith of Plantation, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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