By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
5:15 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
Carl S. Hyman, an executive of a firm that tests students and assesses their achievement both in the U.S. and overseas who was also a Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood activist, died of lung cancer Sept. 5 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 57.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Taney Road in Cheswolde, he was a 1973 Polytechnic Institute graduate. His father, David Hyman, was an architect, civil engineer and Johns Hopkins University professor who specialized in Mesoamerican archaeology. His mother, Eveline Shane Hyman, was a homemaker.
Friends said that as a Polytechnic Institute high school student, he was attracted to mainframe computers and their applications in the social sciences. He embraced new technologies and became adept at their use. He graduated from Poly in 1973.
He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he worked in urban studies, methodology and demography. He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.
Mr. Hyman spent summers working at Baltimore's City Hall while on the staff of Mayor William Donald Schaefer and his Neighborhood Progress Administration aide, Marion Pines.
"He loved city life and he told me his goal was to be mayor of Baltimore," said his wife, Margarita "Meg" Greene. "His only stipulation when we married was that we live in the city."
In 1981, he became a census demographer at the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
"He was constantly reinventing himself for the increasingly competitive job market," said a friend, Hillary Aidus Jacobs of Mount Washington.
She said that after the birth of his son, he became interested in sending him to Baltimore's public schools, but found they had changed economically, socially and academically.
"He used his urban planning background. He applied to a local philanthropy to obtain seed money to begin dialogue with school and community about school improvement," she said.
Mr. Hyman then changed careers and entered education. He became a fundraiser and development director for the Baltimore City Department of Education as its director of the Office of Project and Grant Management.
"He had strong and informed opinions on everything," said a colleague and childhood friend, Benjamin Feldman of Baltimore. "He was a liberal person who could not abide fools. People liked him. He believed in education and he was a good-faith operator."
In the 1980s Mr. Hyman advocated "school-based management" as a method to provide more funds for communities to run their schools. He collected his thoughts in a book, "The School-Community Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Projects in the Schools."
About 16 years ago, Mr. Hyman left the city schools system and joined Sylvan Learning. A decade ago, he joined Harcourt Educational Measurement, which was purchased by Pearson in 2006.
"One again Carl reinvented himself for the education marketplace," said Hillary Aidus Jacobs. "At Harcourt and Pearson, he assumed leadership positions in management and guided and managed testing under No Child Left Behind legislation."
Mr. Hyman assisted Pearson offices in Africa, London, Australia, India, Bogota and other regions.
Mr. Hyman had been president of the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association for 10 years, and the Tuscany-Canterbury Neighborhood Association for two terms. While living in Tuscany-Canterbury, he was quoted in a 2007 news story about neighborhood conflicts with Johns Hopkins fraternities.
"The boys who run this place, some of them are very nice, respectable, considerate and highly productive people," he said. "But there is no place on Earth where 30 18- to 20-year-old boys can go unsupervised and not get into trouble."
Mr. Hyman wrote numerous letters to The Baltimore Sun. He commented about urban and regional affairs, including a 2006 letter: "There is no question that affordable housing is a necessity in Baltimore. However, it is also a necessity in Baltimore, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel counties and in the rest of the metropolitan area — in places where service jobs for moderate-income residents are more plentiful than they are in the city and there is a far greater shortage of affordable homes."
He was a member of the Downtown Athletic Club. Friends said he enjoyed exercising there, as well as talking to other members and the staff.
He was a member of Beth Am Congregation. He served on the boards of the Central Scholarship Bureau, the Baer School Partnership Board, the Maryland Education Coalition and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.
In addition to his wife of 29 years, survivors include a son, Alex Hyman of Baltimore; and three sisters, Fran Mitnick and Cathy Hyman, both of Baltimore, and Judi Tepperman of San Antonio, Texas.
Services were Thursday at Sol Levinson and Bros.
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