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Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore Schools for the Arts administrator, dies

Shirley F. Hecht, Baltimore Schools for the Arts administrator, dies

Shirley F. Hecht, a retired Baltimore School for the Arts administrator who worked with elementary school students interested in music and performance, died of complications from a stroke March 6 at her Pikesville home. She was 91.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Linden Avenue, she was the daughter of Rena Jaffe Looban. Her father was Abraham Looban, who traded in jute and burlap and owned the Merchants Bag and Cover Co., and was raised in Durban, South Africa. He died in 1924, about 13 weeks after she was born.

Her mother married embroidery company executive Arthur Fineman in 1931. Family members said she used the name Shirley Fineman because Arthur Fineman was the father she...

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