Jacqueline Lamp

Age 61 Loch Raven High principal was 'the epitome of an educator' who made teachers and students feel special.

July 17, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter

Jacqueline T. Lamp, a longtime Baltimore County educator who was principal of Loch Raven High School, died Tuesday of ovarian cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Rodgers Forge resident was 61.

At her death, Mrs. Lamp had been principal of Loch Raven High School for the past four years.

Mrs. Lamp, after enduring her chemotherapy treatments, would return to work, and had been there as late as last Thursday, colleagues said.

During her illness, a tin mailbox was placed in the school's office.

"It was called 'Jackie's Mail,' and kids, faculty and parents filled it daily with notes and gifts that were hand-delivered to her. It was a way for people to stay connected to her," said Kathy A. Kerch, president of the Loch Raven Parent-Teacher-Student Association.

Lyle R. Patzjowsky, area assistant superintendent for the county school system's central area, said Mrs. Lamp brought "passion to her job."

"She'd persevere through anything and was very resilient," said Mr. Patzjowsky, a former principal of Dulaney High School, where Mrs. Lamp had been his assistant principal from 2002 to 2004.

Bonnie K. Lambert, who has been an assistant principal at Loch Raven for six years and acting principal since Mrs. Lamp's cancer was diagnosed in January, was also a close friend.

"Jackie was the epitome of an educator and one of the most outstanding individuals I've ever met. Being principal at Loch Raven was her dream job," she said, adding that faculty and teachers at the school were "devastated by her death."

Linda M. Oliver, longtime administrative secretary at the school, said Mrs. Lamp made students, teachers and parents feel important and "loved every student in this building."

Mrs. Lamp enjoyed organizing early morning breakfasts she labeled "Breakfast of Champions," which recognized student academic achievement and good deeds.

"She went the extra mile for them because she wanted them to succeed and realize their future began at Loch Raven High School," Mrs. Oliver said.

As head of the Parent-Teacher-Student Association, Mrs. Kerch said she had a close working relationship with Mrs. Lamp.

"She was awesome, and that's the word I'd use to describe her. Her door was always open to me, and before each PTSA meeting, we talked over things," Mrs. Kerch said.

Jacqueline Tribus was born in Swedesboro, N.J., and raised in Penns Grove, N.J. After graduating from St. James High School in Carney's Point, N.J., in 1964, she earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J., in 1968.

She moved to Baltimore in 1971, and from 1978 to 1980 was a nursery school teacher at Ascension Lutheran Nursery School in Towson.

She began teaching eighth-and-ninth grade math at Deep Creek Middle School in Essex in 1980, and four years later, joined the faculty of Perry Hall High School, where she taught math and computer literacy until 2000.

In 2000, she earned a master's degree in secondary education at Towson University.

From 2000 to 2001, she was a math and science mentor at Chesapeake High School, and was assistant to the executive director of schools for the Baltimore County public schools' Southeast Area.

The longtime Chumleigh Road resident enjoyed playing golf and vacationing in Ocean City, N.J.

She was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, York and Overbrook roads in Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are her husband of 18 years, Timothy L. Lamp, a retired Catonsville High School social studies teacher; two daughters, Emily O'Connor Nochez of Los Angeles and Mary Bruns of Loch Raven Village; her mother, Frieda R. Tribus of Dunmore, Pa.; a brother, William Tribus of Morristown, N.J.; two sisters, Kathryn Oven, a twin, of Dunmore, and Denise Girolamo of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. An earlier marriage to Joseph O'Connor ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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