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Joanne Shecter, marathon runner

Joanne Shecter, marathon runner

Joanne Shecter, a retired Mount Washington elementary school teacher and a marathon runner, died of a seizure Sunday at her home in the Edenwald retirement community. She was 82.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Egerton Road, she was the daughter of Ezra Deane, a wine and spirits merchant who later worked at Field’s Pharmacy, and Sadie “Sara” Deane. She was a 1953 graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Maryland, College Park and had two master’s degrees from Loyola University Maryland.

She began teaching at Mount Washington Elementary School in the late 1950s. She later taught at the Jemicy School and the Krieger...