Louise R. Birch, 87, public school principal

February 20, 2005

Louise R. Birch, a retired Baltimore County public school principal, died of pneumonia Feb. 12 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 87.

Born Louise Robey in Washington, D.C., she earned a bachelor of science degree from Wilson College and a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

After teaching in District of Columbia schools and living briefly in Teaneck, N.J., Mrs. Birch moved to Baltimore and in 1952 began teaching at Stoneleigh Elementary School, in the community where she lived.

Later, she was vice principal of Wellwood Elementary School and principal of Summit Park Elementary School. She retired in 1981 as principal of Fort Garrison Elementary School.

Her husband of 62 years, Merritt A. Birch, an insurance broker, died in 2002.

Services were held yesterday.

Survivors include a son, Douglas Birch of Baltimore; a daughter, Carolyn Marek of Belle Mead, N.J.; and two granddaughters.

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