Albert T. "Tom" Rochfort Jr., a retired Baltimore County public school educator, died Monday at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center of an aortic aneurysm. He was 65.
The son of Albert T. Rochfort Sr., an advertising executive, and Jane Francis Tibbels Rochfort, an educator, Albert Thomas Rochfort Jr. was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Rodgers Forge before "crossing York Road and moving to a house on Chumleigh Road in Stoneleigh," said a brother, Stephen Rochfort of Parkville.
Mr. Rochfort never used his first name, his brother said.
After graduating in 1966 from Calvert Hall College High School, Mr. Rochfort earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1970 from what is now Loyola University Maryland, where he had been a member of the lacrosse team. In 1976, he earned a master's degree in education from Towson University.
Mr. Rochfort began teaching science in 1970 at the old Loch Raven Middle School. He later taught science at Kenwood, Dulaney and Parkville high schools.
He was promoted to assistant principal but later returned to the classroom and retired in 2011 from Parkville High School.
"In the final portion of his 41-year career, he requested to return to the classroom to do what he really enjoyed, which was teaching," his brother said.
During summers, he managed swimming pools at the Elkridge Club and the Wiltondale community pool.
He was a licensed pilot and shared ownership with several others of a Cessna. He also was a member for 35 years of the National Ski Patrol.
Mr. Rochfort enjoyed gardening and caring for the lawn at his home in the Villa Cresta neighborhood of Baltimore County. He also liked golfing, following the Orioles and Ravens and vacationing at his Ocean City condominium.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Rochfort will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road, Parkville.
In addition to his brother, Mr. Rochfort is survived by his wife of 19 years, the former Mia Hellman; two daughters, Stacy Delisle of Frederick and Kate Saunders of Towson; a stepson, Brendan Harman of Washington; another brother, Dick Rochfort of Baltimore; a sister, Janie Kordish of Anneslie; and four grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun