Jean Amos, swimming instructor

Jean Amos, who had been the swimming instructor at what is now Notre Dame University of Maryland and a Red Cross water safety teacher, died March 1 of complications from dementia at her Loch Raven Village home. She was 90.

The daughter of a Pennsylvania Railroad conductor and a homemaker, Jean Ford was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington. She was a 1942 graduate of Western High School.

After earning a bachelor's degree in 1944 in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, she began teaching at Robert Poole Junior High School in Hampden.

In 1948, she married David Arthur Amos Jr., a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. forecast planner, and the couple later moved to Loch Raven Village in 1952. He died in 1992.

After her two daughters entered school, she returned to work in the early 1960s teaching swimming at Mount St. Agnes High School. She later began conducting swimming classes at what is now Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Mrs. Amos became a Red Cross water safety instructor and helped the organization establish a fourth-grade swimming program in Baltimore County, and gave lessons at the Loch Raven Kiwanis pool. She also coached the pool's synchronized swim team.

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Amos returned to college and earned a master's degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University. She then joined the faculty of what is now Notre Dame University of Maryland as a swimming instructor and coached its synchronized swim team.

She retired in the 1980s.

Mrs. Amos worked with the International Olympic Committee to get synchronized swimming recognized as an Olympic event.

She was a former treasurer, vice president and president of the Women's Eastern Shore Society.

In addition to swimming, she was a world traveler.

Mrs. Amos was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

Plans for a memorial service to be held in May are incomplete.

Mrs. Amos is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Darnell of Delta, Pa., and Holly C. Zaharis of Hattiesburg, Miss.; and two granddaughters.

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