Jeanne Rosier Day, a retired St. Paul’s School for Girls mathematics teacher and enthusiastic Orioles fan who attended the franchise’s 1954 debut at Memorial Stadium as well as its first game at Camden Yards, died Monday of complications from breast cancer at her Timonium home. She was 70.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood, she was the daughter of Walter Rosier, an A&P grocery store regional vice president, and Charlotte Crosby, who was a baseball fan. As a child, she attended the first Orioles game at Memorial Stadium on April 15, 1954. She also attended the team’s final game there in 1991.
She learned the game, and how to score baseball, from her mother, who had been a fan of the International League Orioles.
In an oral history, Mrs Day recalled listening to the Orioles on the radio with her mother. She said the family often had tickets to games through her father’s work at the grocery store chain.
“At that Opening Day, I remember the upper decks were not finished,” she said in the oral history.
She also noted that baseball players didn’t make much money in those days and often boarded with families in the Waverly and Northwood neighborhoods.
Once, through a friend, she learned that an Oriole was to be married at Blessed Sacrament Church on Old York Road.
“We couldn’t go to the reception, but we went to [shortstop] Ronnie Hansen’s wedding. Brooks Robinson and Chuck Estrada were ushers,” she said in the oral history.
She was also on hand for the Orioles’ first Opening Day at Camden Yards in 1992.
She attended the Cathedral School and was a 1965 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa., and a master’s degree in education from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
She began teaching at Mercy High School in 1969. She soon met her future husband, Alan G. “Buzz” Day III, who sold medical equipment. They married in August 1970.
After raising a family, Mrs. Day returned to the classroom at St. Paul’s School for Girls in 1985. Se taught for 31 years and was awarded the Linda King Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Gold Pin award and the Green Apple Alumni Award.
“Mrs. Day cared about how students were doing outside of the classroom. If you were struggling in math, she sat down next to you and helped you,” said a former student, Julie Moores, who lives in Arlington, Va.
A former teaching colleague, Sandy Wahl of Ann Arbor, Mich., said, “Jeanne had the ability to break down complicated math theorems. She could explain them in a story pattern.”
Mrs. Day remained an Orioles fan. “The most infamous game she scored was when the O’s lost to the Rangers, 30-3, in 2007,” said a daughter. Diane Hilleary of Atlanta. “She fit every single play on that score sheet. She also scored every game she attended on homemade graph paper sheets.”
Mrs. Day occasionally found herself at airports and on flights with Orioles players. On a trip back from Bermuda, she recalled meeting Doug DeCinces at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. She and her husband, who were celebrating a wedding anniversary, planned to share a cab with the Orioles third baseman into Manhattan.
“But the airline lost our luggage and we were detained,” she said in her oral history.
Mrs. Day enjoyed her role as a mother and grandmother, family members said, and cherished a gold necklace that had a charm for each of her grandchildren.
“I am a very lucky woman,” she once said during a talk at St. Paul’s School. “I love what I do for a living. Teaching truly brings me joy every day. I work with wonderful colleagues, and I consider myself privileged to be able to touch the lives of such unique and talented young women.” She intended to return to the classroom this fall, but her health problems prevented her from doing so.
Mrs. Day visited Ocean City for two weeks each August and hosted family reunions at the beach, family members said, sitting in a circle of beach chairs with children playing in the middle. She called these gatherings her “family bondage.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Paul School Chapel in Brooklandville.
In addition to her husband of 47 years and daughter, survivors include a son, Kevin Day of Timonium; two other daughters, Kathleen “Katie” Jasinski of Ocean City and Carolyn Houk of Seattle; a brother, Roland Rosier, and a sister, Diane Quick, both of Columbia; and nine grandchildren.