Victoria Hazel Perkins, who taught music in Baltimore County public schools for 31 years, died of colon cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 58.
Born in Baltimore and raised in the Hamilton section, she was a 1966 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her bachelor's degree in cello and music education from the Peabody Conservatory in 1970.
She later earned a master's degree in music education from what is now Towson University.
Miss Perkins taught instrumental music and spent most of her career at what is now Catonsville Middle School until retiring in 2000 because of failing health. She also gave private cello lessons and was a faculty member of the Baltimore String Orchestra Camp and several other area music camps.
She played with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Symphony and the Fairmount String Quartet.
Miss Perkins was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and was regent of its Baltimore chapter.
"Her passions were music and education," said her sister and lone survivor, Louise Marian Perkins of Southport, Conn.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3617 Harford Road.