Jean Drach Storck, 96

Maryland College for Women art instructor, Children's Art Guild founder

December 12, 2006

Jean Drach Storck, a former art instructor at the Maryland College for Women in Lutherville, died of heart failure Dec. 4 at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 96.

An artist, in 1930 she established the Children's Art Guild at the Old Farm House in Homeland.

Its programs taught self-expression and art appreciation. Frequent visitors to the studio included F. Scott Fitzgerald's sister, Annabel Fitzgerald, and his daughter, Scottie Fitzgerald, said a daughter of Mrs. Storck, Marjorie Davanzo of Orchard Park, N.Y.

Born Dorothy Jean Drach in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Eastern High School, as well as the Maryland Institute and its teacher training program.

She began teaching at the Maryland College for Women soon after starting the guild.

She married Clarence Edward Storck Jr. in 1934, and left teaching soon after to raise a family. But she continued with artwork at home.

She studied etching, illustrated cards and letters for family and friends, and wrote poetry, often about the ocean.

After her husband died in 1967, she rented rooms in her Lutherville home to Towson University students.

She was active in AARP and participated in its lobbying.

Services were Saturday.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include three sons, Clarence Edward "Bud" Storck III of San Diego, John Barth Storck of Glen Arm and Thomas Mark Storck of Westminster; another daughter, Patricia Inglese of Congers, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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