Bernard A. Friend, 77, city schools educator

September 15, 2005

Bernard A. Friend, a retired city schools mathematics department chairman, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 8 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The Walbrook Junction resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Calhoun Street, he was a 1948 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. He earned a mathematics degree from Morgan State University, a master of education degree from the University of Pennsylvania and did graduate work at the University of Iowa and University of Maryland. He had a doctorate from the Family Bible Institute on Edmondson Avenue.

He joined the city school system in 1952, before being drafted into the Army and serving in a radar unit. He then resumed teaching, with assignments that included Dunbar High School, City College and Francis Scott Key Junior High, where he was head of the mathematics department.

He retired in 1984 as mathematics department head at Southwestern High School. He also taught at what is now Coppin State College and Baltimore City Community College, where he retired in 1995.

He enjoyed pinochle, checkers and tenpin bowling.

"He was the perfect father-in-law, nonjudgmental and low-key," said his son-in-law, Charles L. Swain Jr. "He had a story for everything that he drew from his life experiences or from teaching."

Services will begin with a wake at 10:30 a.m. today at Whitestone Baptist Church, 3005 Baker St., where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, the former Elizabeth Barksdale; two daughters, Linda Diane Swain of Ellicott City and Michelle Antoinette Friend of Baltimore; a sister, Edith Harris of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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