Edward Frank Skowronski, 80, driving instructor

December 28, 2005

Edward Frank Skowronski, a retired driving instructor who was active in the Knights of Columbus, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Thursday at his Bel Air home. He was 80.

Born and raised in Williamsport, Pa., he was an Army sergeant and military police officer during World War II. Family members said he was an expert rifleman despite having sight in only one eye.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in education from Bloomsburg State Teachers College in Pennsylvania, where he ran track and belonged to the Newman Club, the Future Teachers of America and the Men's Glee Club. He earned a master's degree from Bucknell University and also studied at Loyola College in Maryland.

In the early 1950s, he moved to Maryland and taught in Taneytown and Rising Sun before teaching driver's education at Bel Air High School.

While at the school, Mr. Skowronski helped set up a driving-simulator program with funds from an insurance company. While watching a film, students would be instructed to react to simulated driving conditions and would be scored by a computerized monitoring system, family members said.

He also taught history briefly, before retiring in 1984.

Mr. Skowronski was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and was a past Deputy Grand Knight of Bel Air Council 4714.

He drove patients at Perry Point Veterans Hospital to Mass and church services. He also was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans U.S.A. General C. Pulaski Post No. 209.

Mr. Skowronski was a past president of St. Margaret School Home School Association and helped remodel classrooms for the school's library in the 1970s.

He and his wife of 47 years, the former Elizabeth Marcin, were co-chairs of their church's fall festival and helped produce musicals staged by the St. Margaret Players. He was also a John Carroll High School volunteer.

Mr. Skowronski enjoyed golf and fishing. He also was a self-taught woodworker who built much of the furniture in his home and pieces he gave as gifts.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 Hickory Ave., Bel Air.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, John Edward Skowronski of Alton, England; two daughters, Maryanna Skowronski and Suzanne Skowronski of Bel Air; and two grandchildren.

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