Sayde J. Sklar, 87, artist served BSO, Towson foundation

July 11, 2006

Sayde J. Sklar, an artist and civic leader, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Arden Court's Alzheimer Assisted Living Facility in Pikesville. She was 87.

Born Sayde Jacobson in Baltimore and raised on Chelsea Terrace, she was a 1936 graduate of Forest Park High School and was a secretary until 1942, when she had her first child.

In 1941, she had married Albert L. Sklar, a young attorney who in 1964 was appointed a judge on the old Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. Mrs. Sklar met him when he was an adviser to a Chizuk Amuno Congregation youth group of which she was a member.

"Being an obedient young lady, you see, she took my advice," Judge Sklar said in a 1981 retirement interview, referring to his marriage. He died in 1998.

Mrs. Sklar worked in acrylics and designed batik collages.

"Her works are in many prominent collections in the U.S. and Israel," said her son, Steven V. Sklar of Reisterstown.

She was a former member of Maryland Artists Equity and had served on the board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was a former president of the Towson University Foundation and had been chairwoman of the American Cancer Society's Baltimore crusade.

Mrs. Sklar was a lifelong member of Chizuk Amuno, where she had been president of its Sisterhood and chaired the women's division for the sale of Israel Bonds.

A longtime resident of the Pill Hill neighborhood of Mount Washington, Mrs. Sklar had been an avid golfer and a member of the Woodholme Country Club.

Also surviving are a grandson; and a sister, Lenore Albert of Annapolis. Her daughter, Batya Sklar, died in 2003.

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