By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
3:47 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
Doris McG. Neumann, a retired Friends School educator and longtime activist, died July 16 of heart failure at her Timonium home. She was 93.
The daughter of an autoworker and a homemaker, Doris Elaine McGlone was born and raised in Flint, Mich., where she graduated in 1937 from Flint Central High School.
She earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1941 from the University of Michigan, and taught in public schools in Dearborn, Mich., and Claremont, Calif.
In 1941, she married William Louis Neumann. They moved to Washington after World War II, when he was named director of the Foundation for Foreign Affairs.
The couple moved to Timonium in 1954 when Dr. Neumann joined the faculty of Goucher College, where he was professor of American studies until his death in 1973.
Mrs. Neumann taught history and geography at Friends School from 1956 until retiring in 1985. In 1984, Mayor William Donald Schaefer presented the Baltimore Citizen Citation to Mrs. Neumann in recognition of "28 years of outstanding accomplishments" in urban studies and instilling in her students "immense pride in their city."
Mrs. Neumann was also a civil rights activist and worked for racial justice, fair housing and international peace. She and her husband helped desegregate the National Theatre in Washington and joined a vigil at Fort Detrick protesting chemical, biological and radiological warfare experiments.
She also worked with the American Friends Service Committee, the Congress of Racial Equality and Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. She was on the board of the McKim Center at her death.
She was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and swam laps daily until she was 92, family members said.
Plans for a memorial gathering to be held at the Stony Run Friends Meeting are incomplete.
Mrs. Neumann is survived by two sons, Gregory A. Neumann of Mount Washington and Christopher R. Neumann of Delta, Pa.; and six grandchildren.
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