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Herman H. Mares, 72, Sparrows Point teacher

Herman H. Mares, a retired educator who taught at Sparrows Point High School for more than three decades and helped establish a work-study program for students, died of Hodgkin's disease Thursday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Rosedale resident was 72.

Mr. Mares was born at his family's home on Orleans Street, raised in East Baltimore and graduated in 1950 from City College. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from Loyola College in 1958 and a master's in education in 1963 from the University of Maryland.

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"He worked two or three jobs at once while going to school at night to earn his degrees," said his daughter, Hilary M. Hoffmeister of Hampstead.

Mr. Mares began teaching at Sparrows Point High in 1958. During his tenure, he helped start and direct the school's work-study diversified occupations program. He retired in 1992.

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"Having taught at the same school for so long he laughed that he'd retire when he began to get the grandchildren of his original students," his daughter said.

He also taught English at what was then Essex Community College for 25 years before retiring from there in 1993.

He enjoyed watching college basketball and "was a magazine junkie," his daughter said. "He read cooking, science, car and history magazines. ... His idea of a vacation was taking along a bag of books and magazines to read."

His favorite restaurant was Squire's in Dundalk, where family and friends gathered after his funeral Monday.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Mares is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Pat Scott; another daughter, Millicent Jordan of Forest Hill; a brother, James A. Mares of Catonsville; a sister, Margaret Disney of Reston, Va.; and a grandson.


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