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Marian Haupt, taught English, riding


Marian Longstreth Grieb Haupt, a retired English teacher who taught horse riding and raised collies on her Chestertown farm, died Tuesday of heart failure at Memorial Hospital in Washington. She was 75.

Mrs. Haupt retired in 1982 from teaching at the Kent School in Chestertown. She had taught English literature, grammar and penmanship for 14 years. From 1955 to 1963, she had taught in the middle school of Baltimore County's McDonogh School and during summers at Camp Red Cloud on Lake Champlain.

"She was an absolutely fascinating lady," Joan Merriken, headmistress of Kent, said yesterday. "She had great love for her students and treated them the way she treated her horses -- with great respect."

Mrs. Merriken described the teacher as "a very erect woman with the posture of a horsewoman, which, of course, she was."

Mrs. Haupt operated Quaker Neck Riding Academy for many years at her 40-acre Deep Point Farm, giving instructions in the English style of riding.

"I remember one time when she told me on the phone that she had fallen off a horse during a show and I asked when she was going to give up riding and she replied, 'Never.' In fact, she rode the day she went into the hospital and said it was a 'good ride,' " recalled Mrs. Merriken.

"She also loved sailing the Chester River in her 28-foot Newport sloop, which she named Dark Horse," said her husband, James G. Haupt, a retired sales representative of the Crane Co., Chicago manufacturer of valves, plumbing and heating equipment.

Mr. Haupt met his future wife when his daughter suggested that he buy a collie puppy from her. The couple were married in 1974.

"The boats were named after horses and the cars after dogs," Mr. Haupt said.

The former Marian Longstreth Grieb was born in Devon, Pa., and moved to Chestertown when she was a child. She was educated in private schools in Baltimore and earned a bachelor's degree from Hood College in 1943 and a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1959.

"She was active in everything and volunteered at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital and the Humane Society of Kent County," Mr. Haupt said.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's, 7579 Sandy Bottom Road in Chestertown.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Haupt is survived by two brothers, H. Norman Grieb and William Grieb, both of Chestertown; a stepson, James P. Haupt of Pelford, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Constance Gay Haupt of Chestertown; and five step-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Kent School, Wilkins Lane, P.O. 507, Chestertown 21620, or the Humane Society of Kent County, 10720 Augustine Herman Highway, Chestertown 21620.

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