Rachel A. Pines

Rachel A. Pines ( / June 19, 2013)

Rachel A. Pines, a classically trained pianist who later changed careers and became chief learning officer for a business consulting company, died Nov. 7 of breast cancer at the Cancer Treatment Center in Philadelphia. The former Mount Washington resident was 63.

Born in Chicago, the former Rachel Arlene Bolotin was raised in Northbrook, Ill., and graduated in 1968 from North Shore Country Day School.

After earning a bachelor's degree in 1972 from Pomona College, she moved to Baltimore, where she enrolled at the Peabody Institute and studied under noted pianist Leon Fleisher. She earned a master's degree in piano performance.

Ms. Pines taught piano at Friends School, performed professionally as a master accompanist and was also a vocal coach and director of the Baltimore International Lady Garment Workers Union Choir.

Ms. Pines made a career change in the late 1980s, when she became a senior consultant, vice president and chief learning officer at Gap International, a Philadelphia-based business consulting company.

"She was a master in partnering with executives, their teams and entire organizations to produce sustainable extraordinary results," said her husband of 35 years, David Pines, who is director of Gap International.

"Through her exceptional coaching and consulting, she profoundly impacted thousands of lives around the world," he said. "Rachel was known for her relentless commitment to integrity and excellence."

The Media, Pa., resident enjoyed playing her piano and traveling.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Gap International's headquarters, 700 Old Marple Road, Springfield, Pa.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Pines is survived by her son, Justin E. Pines of Philadelphia; two brothers, Alan Bolotin of Tucson, Ariz., and David Bolotin of Chicago; a sister, Mickie Benak of Chicago; a niece; and three nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com