James L. Bradley

James L. Bradley

James L. Bradley, an influential and beloved English teacher who taught at Owings Mills High School for more than 30 years, died Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center of complications from Lyme disease.

The Gamber resident was 67.

"Mr. Bradley was everyone's favorite teacher, but on the face of it, he was very strict, his classes were hard and challenging, and he could be quite persnickety," recalled Allison Silverbaltt Colker, who lives in Rockville and graduated in 1994 from Owings Mills High School.

"He held us to high standards, and we loved it. We rose to the occasion," said Ms. Colker, who was in his gifted-and-talented English class and is soon...