Reginald S. Tickner, 76, educator at Gilman School


Reginald Sidney Tickner, whose career as an educator at Gilman School spanned 41 years, died in his sleep Thursday at his Cedarcroft residence. He was 76.

Mr. Tickner began his career in 1951 as teacher of English, geography and expository writing, and became an administrator and coach at the private school in North Baltimore.

From 1951 to 1960, he taught English and was a football and wrestling coach in the Upper School. He was head of the Lower School from 1961 to 1970, and head of the Middle School from 1971 to 1980.

Mr. Tickner lived on campus in faculty housing from 1956 until his retirement in 1992 as assistant headmaster of the Upper School, a position he had held for 11 years.

At his retirement, in recognition of his contributions to Gilman and its students, the school established the Reginald S. Tickner Writing Center. In 1998, a fifth-grade classroom in the Lower School building was dedicated to him.

He was described in "Gilman Voices 1897-1997," a centennial history of the school edited by Patrick Smithwick, as "a barrel-chested dynamo of positive energy, who taught geography with passion and coached football with concern, and even tenderness."

"On he moved from Lower School head to Middle School head, bringing with him his love of the boy in the Gilman student, and his identification with the daily adventure of a Gilman boy's life."

A longtime athlete, he competed in two Maryland Marathons and won two gold medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics track events. He was also an avid tennis player.

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served on Guam as a radioman.

He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Henry W. Jenkins and Sons Funeral Home, 4905 York Road in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Eleanor Heffernan; two sons, Robert Bruce Tickner of Baltimore and David Harding Tickner of Rockville; a brother, James Tickner of Atlanta; a sister, K Pub Date: 1/11/99

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