Vincent J. Salkoski, city math teacher

World War II veteran had taught math in Baltimore public schools

September 11, 2014|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | The Baltimore Sun

Vincent J. Salkoski, who taught mathematics in Baltimore public schools and was a World War II veteran, died Sept. 3 of heart disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 88.

Vincent Joseph Salkoski was born in Baltimore and raised in Curtis Bay, where he was a member of the Curtis Bay Athletic Club.

After graduating from Southern High School in 1944, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as a rifleman and mortarman. He participated in the occupation of China.

After being discharged in 1946, he took courses at City College and the Johns Hopkins University to receive his teaching certification.

He taught in city public schools from the 1950s until retiring in 1985 from Gwynns Falls Elementary School.

"For many years after he retired, people would approach my dad because they recognized him as their former math teacher," said his daughter, Ione A. Salkoski of North Beach. "They took the time to thank him for teaching them math so they were able to get good jobs."

He was an Orioles fan and a golfer who enjoyed playing public courses, especially Clifton Park, his daughter said.

The resident of Milford Mill and later Bel Air was married for 54 years to the former Iona Metzger, who died in 2004.

There are no services.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; and his companion of seven years, Julia Persky of Bel Air.

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