Esther Schwartz, 86, city mathematics teacher

April 18, 2005

Esther Schwartz, a retired Baltimore City public schools mathematics teacher and department chairwoman, died of dementia April 11 at the North Oaks retirement community in Pikesville. The former Mount Washington resident was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Keyworth Avenue, she was a 1936 Western High School graduate. She earned a bachelor's degree at Goucher College and held a master's degree from Columbia University. She also attended the Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Schwartz taught mathematics at Pimlico Junior High School and Northwestern High School and served as department chairwoman. Before her retirement about 20 years ago, she taught algebra at what is now Towson University.

After her retirement, Ms. Schwartz traveled to Europe, China, Cuba, the Middle East and other destinations. She was also an avid reader and an enthusiastic golfer, playing often at Chestnut Ridge Country Club, where she was a member. She was also a longtime member of the Johns Hopkins Club.

Services were held Thursday in Pikesville.

She is survived by two nephews, Michael Schwartz of Charlottesville, Va., and Glenn Schwartz of Baltimore; four nieces, Marian Sirasky and Barbara Weinberg, both of Baltimore, Betsy McFarlane of Montreal and Susan Siegel of Auburn, N.H.

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