Robert Kerr Billingslea Jr., 84, educator


Robert Kerr Billingslea Jr., a longtime Carroll County educator and school administrator, died of complications from a stroke Tuesday at the Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa. He was 84.

Mr. Billingslea, who was born in Westminster, graduated from Westminster High School in 1938 and the Mercersburg Academy preparatory school in Pennsylvania in 1941.

His college education at Washington and Lee University was interrupted by World War II. In 1943, he joined the Marine Corps and briefly served in the South Pacific. He later returned to complete his bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee. He earned a second bachelor's degree in education from Towson State College, now Towson University, and a master's degree in administration from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.

In 1948, he married Helen Cooke.

During his career, Mr. Billingslea taught math at New Windsor High School and served as principal of Mechanicsville, Hampstead and Sandymount elementary schools. He remained in the Marine Reserves, retiring as a major in 1981.

A longtime Westminster resident, he moved to Hanover, Pa., in 1990 and then to New Oxford in 2000.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pritts Funeral Home on Washington Road in Westminster.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael Billingslea of Westminster and Jeffrey Billingslea of Perry Hall; a daughter, Kathie Smith of Ellicott City; a brother, Howell Billingslea of Baltimore; a sister, Ella Billingslea of Washington; five grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

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