G. Lowell Swain Sr., 66

City singing instructor

January 27, 2007

Gene Lowell Swain Sr., a retired city public schools vocal music instructor, died of anaphylactic shock Jan. 20 while on a trip to Boca Raton Fla. The Pikesville resident was 66.

Born in Windsor, N.C., he earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Norfolk State University and a master's degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In 1962, while at Norfolk State, he was initiated into the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

He was a vocal music instructor in Norfolk, Va., before moving to Baltimore in 1988 and teaching at Westside Elementary School, Harriet Tubman Elementary, George Washington Elementary, Lake Clifton-Eastern High School and Forest Park High School. He retired in 2004.

He also was a city Department of Recreation and Parks music consultant.

Mr. Swain also served as a music minister at Martin Luther King United Methodist Church, Mount Zion United Methodist Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he was also a member.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021 Leadenhall St.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, the former Claudette Edgerton, who is on the faculty of Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School; three sons, G. Lowell Swain Jr. of Pikesville, Darren Swain of Roanoke, Va., and Brian Swain of Lubbock, Texas; two brothers, Henry Swain Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., and John B. Swain of Chesapeake, Va.; six sisters, Lee Alma Powell of Norfolk, Velma F. Goodwyn of Portsmouth, Va., Teresa S. Bowman of Freeport, N.Y., Larree S. Cherry of Aulander, N.C., Gloria Jefferson of Boston and Joyce S. Stanley of Bloomington, Ill.; and five grandchildren.

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