Marion Ostwald Brecht, who used humor and high standards during her 46-year teaching career to persuade students to believe in themselves as much as she believed in them, died of ovarian cancer Dec. 21 at her Towson home.
She was 73.
Perhaps because she herself was born with the deck stacked against her, Mrs. Brecht had scant patience with students who presented seemingly ironclad reasons for not completing their schoolwork.
"She ran her life on the basis that nothing was impossible if you put your mind to it, and she taught her students the same way," her husband, George Brecht said.
"If her kids gave her excuses, she'd say, 'Yes, you can learn, and...