Charles F. Hieber

[ Age 64 ] Longtime Baltimore County school administrator

April 29, 2008|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,sun reporter

Charles Frederick Hieber, a longtime school administrator in southeastern Baltimore County, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday at his home in Perry Hall. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Hieber graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1961, and in 1965 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Loyola College.

After graduation, he began teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics in the county's Sparrows Point Annex school on the grounds of the Bethelehem Steel mill.

Two years later, he began a 40-year marriage to the former Patricia Clark.

In 1967, when the Sparrows Point school was closed, Mr. Hieber and the rest of the staff were moved to General John Stricker Middle School in Dundalk. He taught there for seven years before being named the school's assistant principal.

He continued to serve the county as an assistant principal at Sparrow's Point High School, Deep Creek Middle School and, finally back at General John Stricker Middle School.

He retired from Stricker in 1994 after 29 years in the county system. But with two children in college, his wife said, he was not ready to quit the profession. So he accepted a job with the Baltimore Archdiocese, and taught math and computer science at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington for the next 11 years.

"He loved teaching," said Mrs. Hieber. "He enjoyed the kids so much."

He and his family also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, touring back roads and hiking in national parks.

He was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Fallston, a past master of Mount Nebo Lodge #229, and a member of several other Masonic organizations in and around Baltimore, including the Boumi Temple Shrine.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Hieber is survived by a son, Todd Hieber, of Fullerton; a daughter, Heather Billings, of Bel Air; and five grandchildren.

frank.roylance@baltsun.com

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