Dorothy W. Diehl, 95, vice principal, teacher


Dorothy W. Diehl, a retired Curtis Bay Elementary School vice principal and teacher, died of complications from a stroke Saturday at the Wesley Home, where she had lived since 2001. The longtime Sudbrook Park resident was 95.

Born Dorothy Carroll Wilson in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook, she was a 1926 graduate of Western High School and earned a teacher's certificate from what is now Towson University. She also studied piano and dance at the Peabody Conservatory.

At the 1926 Easter Parade on Charles Street, she met Harold W. Diehl Sr., and they married in 1933. Her husband, an electrical engineer, died in 1985.

Family members said she attended the 1927 Fair of the Iron Horse at Halethorpe, the centennial celebration of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

Beginning in the late 1920s, she taught at School 62 on Walbrook Avenue and Dickeyville Elementary School. She taught a half-day at each, traveling between them on a streetcar.

"She loved her teaching and enjoyed her students," said her son, Harold W. Diehl Jr. of Idlewylde. "She encouraged them to do creative writing."

In the early 1940s, she stopped teaching to raise a family, but she returned to work in 1953, teaching the upper grades at Fallstaff Elementary School. She also became a student, earning a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University's evening school.

She retired as vice principal of Curtis Bay Elementary in 1963.

After moving to Sudbrook Park in 1940, she was a founder of the Adana Road Bridge Club, which began in 1945 with eight members who met at 8:30 p.m., after their children had been put to bed.

In 1991, Mrs. Diehl allowed the producers of the Warner Brothers film That Night to use portions of her lawn and driveway for the movie, which was set in 1961 Long Island. The film crew parked an Edsel on her property. She also was instrumental in having Adana Road added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Sudbrook Park district.

Mrs. Diehl enjoyed quilting and reading.

Services were Wednesday.

In addition to her son, survivors include a daughter, Dorothy D. Grider of San Diego; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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