Solomon Karen Principal of school

Solomon Karen, a retired Baltimore elementary school principal who also headed the secular program in the lower school at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, died Saturday of leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mr. Karen, who was 59 and lived on Amy Lane, retired in 1988 as principal at the Farring Elementary School and then headed the program at the Talmudical Academy for a year.


Principal of the Garrett Heights Elementary School for 11 years before his final two-year assignment at Farring, he had also been an assistant principal after starting his teaching career in 1956.

He also taught at the Beth Jacob and Temple Emmanuel religious schools and at the Baltimore County Adult Education Center.


Born in London, Ontario, but reared in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Talmudical Academy and earned a bachelor's degree at Towson State University in 1954 and a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1959.

He served in the Army in the mid-1950s.

Cited for his volunteer work for the United Way of Central Maryland and the Combined Charity Campaign, he was also a member of B'nai B'rith and a speaker for its Anti-Defamation League. He had also served as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts.

Mr. Karen is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Caplan; a son,Robert Karen of Lakewood, N.J., a daughter, Deena Dermer of Reisterstown; his father, Rabbi Zvi Karen of Bat-Yam, Israel; and a brother, Jacob Karen of Silver Spring.

Services for Mr. Karen were held Sunday at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment.