Eleanor Ostrinsky, mathematics teacher

July 25, 2013
Eleanor Ostrinsky
mathematics teacher

Eleanor Ostrinsky, who taught mathematics at schools in the Washington area and retired in 1980 from the old Charles W. Woodward High School in Rockville, died July 19 at a hospital in Durham, N.C. She was 87.

The cause was complications from heart surgery, said her daughter Carol Krucoff.

Mrs. Ostrinsky began her teaching career in 1945 at Kramer Junior High School in the District. She was primarily a homemaker in the 1950s and early 1960s and then resumed her teaching career. She taught at Sligo Middle School in Silver Spring and later Woodward.

Eleanor Greenman was born in Boston and raised in Suitland. She was valedictorian of the Class of 1941 at Surrattsville High School in Clinton. She was a 1945 graduate of Wilson Teachers College in Washington, a predecessor of the University of the District of Columbia.

Mrs. Ostrinsky was a gold life master in the American Contract Bridge League and a member of the Washington Bridge League. She also enjoyed snorkeling.

In 2006, she moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., from the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 49 years, Nelson Ostrinsky, died in 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Ann Schwartz of Raleigh, N.C., and Carol Krucoff of Chapel Hill; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

— Trishula Patel