Obituary: James Schreier
October 6, 2020
James Robert Schreier, a retired Baltimore, MD High School English teacher, died at his home on October 6, 2020 at the age of 73.
Jim grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin, the son of Ernest A. Schreier, an electrician for Madison Gas and Electric, and Bernadette Radermacher Schreier, a homemaker and exceptional ten-pin bowler.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969 he moved to Baltimore to study and teach. He received an M.Ed. from Morgan State College in 1970 and later earned an M.A. in poetry from the famed Johns Hopkins University writing seminar.
The Facebook responses of former students to the news of Mr. Schreier’s passing honor him as a “phenomenal teacher” who influenced many lives.
While teaching at City College High School, Jim coached the Chess Club to State Championships, in 1991 and again 1995; the club came in second place in 1994. Earlier, while at Southern High School, Mr. Schreier had coached the Junior Varsity Baseball team to the City-wide Championship game.
Mr. Schreier was married to Dr. Jean Turner Schreier, former Dean of Arts and Science at Anne Arundel Community College. Together with their two children, Jesse and Cory, they spent summers in the Colorado mountains, hiking and fishing. Said his son-in-law, Nicholas Mian, “The Upper Frying Pan Valley fueled Jim’s love of nature and his respect for hard work and simple living. He cared deeply for the landscape and cherished the relationships with neighbors and local community members, who showed him much love in return.” His daughter Cory noted, “The beauty of Colorado, coupled with the wit and grit of the community above the Ruedi Reservoir gave him great peace.”
An avid reader and writer of poetry, Jim was also a recovering alcoholic who had celebrated 32 years of sobriety at his death. He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and loved talking to friends who came to be his faithful companions. In his retirement years, he volunteered at Mercy Medical Center’s detox ward.
Jim’s wife of 42 years died in 2017. He is survived by his son Jesse and daughter Cory Mian, a brother and sister, both of Middleton, WI, and four grandchildren. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
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