Donald L. Zimmerman, industrial arts teacher

November 11, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Donald L. Zimmerman, a retired industrial arts teacher and longtime Woodlawn resident, died Friday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 83.

Mr. Zimmerman was born in Frederick and raised on Harlem Avenue in West Baltimore. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1950 from the University of Maryland, College Park, and later a master's degree from what is now Towson University.

Mr. Zimmerman began teaching industrial arts and drafting in the early 1950s at Clifton Park Junior High School and later at City College.

In 1968, he joined the faculty at Poly, where he taught industrial arts and drafting until retiring in 1981.

In the early 1980s, Mr. Zimmerman taught part time at Mount St. Joseph High School and Catonsville Community College.

Mr. Zimmerman was an accomplished woodworker.

He was an active member of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Relay.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Irene Aist; two daughters, Debbie Z. Trail of Reisterstown and Nancy I. Waskey of Catonsville; a sister, Dorothy Freeman of Annapolis; and four grandchildren.

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