Bruce T. Gair, 79, educator, hospital admissions officer

September 25, 2005

Bruce T. Gair, a retired Baltimore County public school educator and hospital admissions officer, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Rock Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Catonsville resident was 79.

Mr. Gair was born and raised in Dunbar, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1947 from what is now Columbia Union College in Takoma Park.

He began his teaching career in western Pennsylvania, and from 1952 to 1954 taught at a junior high school in Charleston, W.Va. He taught in Anne Arundel County public schools from 1954 until 1957, when he was named English department chairman at Catonsville Junior High School.

After teaching stints at Gen. John Stricker Middle School and Patapsco Senior High School, Mr. Gair spent 21 years as English department chairman at Arbutus Junior High School before retiring in 1988.

In 1954, he began a second career as a part-time admissions officer at West Baltimore General Hospital, which became Lutheran Hospital.

He took a part-time position in the admissions office of Maryland General Hospital in 1958, working on the Saturday midnight-to-8 a.m. shift, and the Sunday 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift.

"He worked that schedule for 26 years, until retiring in July of 1984," said a son, Jeffrey L. Gair of Perry Hall

Mr. Gair was a member of Baltimore First Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he had served as an adult Sunday school teacher.

He was a Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan.

Services were yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Frances Marlene Jeffrey; two other sons, James R. Gair of Worcester, Mass., and Robert B. Gair of Baltimore; three daughters, Ruth Ann Meadows of Stamford, Conn., Bonnie K. Gardiner of Perry Hall and Sharon M. Stromberg of Hampstead; a sister, Audrey Lehnhoff of Portland, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.