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Mildred A. Blumenthal, philanthropist

Mildred A. "Mitzi" Blumenthal, a former substitute teacher and philanthropist, died Monday from anemia at Sunrise of Pikesville, an assisted-living facility. She was 96.

The former Mildred Alexander was born in Baltimore and raised on Loyola Southway in Lower Park Heights.

She was a 1933 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Goucher College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She worked as a forensic chemist for the federal government during World War II and for many years as a substitute teacher.

Mrs. Blumenthal was an accomplished artist who worked in oils and painted reproductions of such Impressionists as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne, who were her favorites, family members said.

She was a lifelong Democrat and campaigned for presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956, and John F. Kennedy in 1960. She maintained a lively interest in current events.

After her first marriage to Edward H. Prager ended in divorce, she married Sydney C. Blumenthal Jr., chief executive of Blumenthal-Kahn Electric Co. Inc., in 1974. He died in 1999.

The couple established and endowed the annual Sydney C. and Mitzi Blumenthal Lecture Series and Award for Contributions to Management in Technology at the Johns Hopkins University.

The couple's other charitable interests included the Baltimore Museum of Art, Sinai Hospital and Temple Oheb Shalom.

The longtime resident of Clark's Lane in Pikesville was a world traveler and a gourmet cook who enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Blumenthal is survived by her three sons, Gordon Prager of Pasadena, Wayne Prager of Borkop, Denmark, and Charles Prager of London; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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