Eleanor M. Downs Educator in music


A memorial service for Eleanor Moore Downs, a retired music supervisor in the Baltimore public schools, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Broadmead, 13801 York Road in Cockeysville.

Mrs. Downs, who was 89 and moved to the retirement community in 1979 when it opened, died there Feb. 3 after a stroke.

She retired in 1962 as an elementary school supervisor after a 42-year career that included demonstration teaching at the Montebello Elementary School and teaching at the Barton Vocational High School.

In the 1950s, she also taught music education at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Between her retirement and the move to Broadmead, she and her husband, Ira Downs, lived in St. Michaels. Mr. Downs, a retired pari-mutuel supervisor at East Coast racetracks, died in 1987.

In Baltimore, Mrs. Downs was a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland. While living on the Eastern Shore, she was a member of the Woman's Club of St. Michaels, the St. Andrew's Society and the Academy of the Arts in Easton.

Born in Baltimore, the former Eleanor Moore was educated at Columbia University, the Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Institute, where she studied piano.

She is survived by a niece, Marjorie Frisinger of Clyde, N.Y., and two nephews, Thomas and Frederick Moore, both of Webster Grove, Mo.

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