Esther Dombrowski, librarian

Esther Everitt Dombrowski, a retired Bel Air High School librarian who also wrote feature stories for The Aegis newspaper, died of pneumonia Oct. 8 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. She was 81 and lived in Bel Air.

Born Esther Everitt on a farm near Bel Air, she was the daughter of a construction foreman and a homemaker. She was a 1948 graduate of Bel Air High School, where she returned after earning a bachelor's degree at what was then Millersville State College in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in library science at the University of Maryland, College Park.

At 20, she became librarian at Bel Air High School and held the post for 31 years.

"Esther loved books, the printed word and young people," said her sister, Ann Weaver of Bel Air. "She touched the lives of hundreds of students as they passed through."

She married Raymond Dombrowski, a fellow teacher and the school's band director, in 1956.

Mrs. Dombrowski was a teacher-sponsor for the majorettes and the pom-pom group. She traveled with the band throughout the state.

After she retired nearly 30 years ago, she joined The Aegis staff and wrote historical features. She also helped set up the Empty Stocking Project, a Christmas charity.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1 St. Mary's Church Road in Abingdon, where she was a member and directed meals, receptions and parties for the church women's group. Her husband of 52 years died in 2008.

In addition to her sister, survivors include five nephews.

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