Donald William Bricker, 65, teacher

December 13, 2005

Donald William Bricker, who taught in Baltimore County public schools for three decades, died of kidney cancer Dec. 6 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 65 and lived in Perry Hall.

Mr. Bricker was born and raised in Plainfield, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1962 from what is now Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa. In 1968, he earned a master's degree in education from Loyola College.

He moved to Baltimore in 1962 when he began his career teaching business education at Kenwood High School. He subsequently was on the faculty of Milford Mill High School, Sparrows Point High School and Parkville High School, from which he retired in 1992.

"We both loved kids even though we never had any of our own," said his wife of 35 years, the former Joyce E. Howard, who taught business courses at Kenwood and Chesapeake high schools, and is now retired.

"I'm seven years younger and first met him when I was doing my student teaching." Mrs. Bricker said. "After joining the faculty at Kenwood, where he was then teaching, he said would it be OK if he asked me out for a date. And then I had to wait a month before he actually asked me out.

"He was a people person who loved helping them. When walking our dog through the neighborhood, he'd pick up our neighbors' newspapers and trash cans and deliver them to their front doors."

Mr. Bricker had been an Orioles season ticket holder since 1962. He was an avid theatergoer and had season tickets to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre and later the Hippodrome Theatre. He and his wife also liked attending Broadway shows, Center Stage and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts.

He also enjoyed taking long automobile trips throughout the country.

"Because we were teachers, we had summers off and could take long trips," his wife said. "He'd get in the car and just drive. The only time we left the U.S. was to go to Canada and Bermuda."

Mr. Bricker was a member for 25 years of Hiss United Methodist Church in Parkville. After moving to Perry Hall several years ago, he joined Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Plans for a memorial service to be held next year were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Wagner and Jane Ege, both of Carlisle, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

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