Norma M. Allman, reired music teacher and trombonist

Norma M. Allman, a retired Baltimore County public schools music teacher and trombonist, died March 5 from congestive heart failure at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.

The longtime Reisterstown resident was 90.

Norma MacDonald was the daughter of Arthur Case MacDonald, owner of the A.C. MacDonald Sprinkler Co., and Charlotte E. Gittins MacDonald, a homemaker. She was born in Shorewood, Wis.

“They moved to a farm in the Ozarks Mountains that failed during the Dust Bowl, then they went to Philadelphia and finally to Elderon Avenue in Northwest Baltimore in 1935,” said a daughter, Carol Neary Sullivan of Westminster.

Mrs. Allman was a graduate of Eastern High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute.

She began teaching instrumental music in 1967 in Baltimore County public schools and rotated between Cedarmere, Reisterstown, Sixth District and Glyndon elementary schools. She retired in the 1990s.

She was also a lifelong trombonist, and played with the Gettysburg and Annapolis symphony orchestras, the Conn Music Store Band, the Carl Hamilton Orchestra and the Baltimore County Senior Swing Band.

She and her husband of 25 years, R. Neale Allman, who was also a Baltimore County schools instrumental music teacher, formed and led the Never Too Late Swing Band at Carroll Lutheran Village. He died in 2010.

Mrs. Allman also played recorder with the Early Music Society of Central Maryland, and led a choral group for the Women’s Club of Glyndon.

She had resided at Carroll Lutheran Village for the last 12 years.

She was a longtime member of Glyndon United Methodist Church, and had played bridge with the same group for 50 years.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 14 in the Krug Chapel at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Way, Westminster.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by another daughter, Catherine Neary of Towson; four stepsons, Michael Allman of Timonium, Matthew Allman of Parkville, Malcolm Allman of Smithsburg and Mark Allman of Florida; two stepdaughters, Marcie Glinecki of Essex and Mindy Gehres of Haymarket, Va.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her companion, Don Moore of Westminster. Another son, James Arthur Neary, died in 1995. An earlier marriage to John Rupert Neary, who had been principal of Chesapeake High School, ended in divorce.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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