Lillian E. Springmann

[ Age 97 ] Elementary school teacher

December 05, 2007

Lillian Elizabeth Springmann, an elementary school teacher whose career spanned nearly three decades, died of pneumonia Nov. 28 at Franklin Square Hospital. The former longtime Parkville resident was 97.

Miss Springmann was born in Baltimore and raised on North Port Street. She was a 1929 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her teacher certification from the old Maryland State Normal School, now Towson University, in 1931.

In the 1940s, Miss Springmann began attending night school at the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1952.

In 1944, she began teaching first-graders at Hamilton Elementary School.

"During her entire career, she taught in the same room the whole time until retiring in 1972," said Frederick A. Rabb, a Baltimore attorney and her personal representative.

"She taught thousands of students, and some of them came to her wake Sunday. One of the first was a lady who was 70, and a man came in and said she was the best teacher he ever had," Mr. Rabb said.

Miss Springmann had enjoyed vacationing with her parents on cross-country excursions and had driven them to all 49 continental states.

"She named her 1967 Chevrolet Impala `Goldie,' and would talk about Goldie as if it were a person," Mr. Rabb said.

Miss Springmann, who had a dog until moving to Brightview Assisted Living in Northeast Baltimore in 2004, also collected stuffed animals.

Services were Sunday.

Surviving are several cousins. A marriage ended in divorce.

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