Sylma R. Gottlieb, music teacher

January 13

Sylma R. Gottlieb, a piano, voice and music teacher in Bowie, Md., for 49 years, died Dec. 14 at her home in Bowie. She was 91.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her daughter Nancy Bort.

Besides her teaching career, Mrs. Gottlieb sang in several opera companies, directed a number of choral groups and was a guild teacher and judge in Bowie.

Sylma Ruth Paperman was born in Philadelphia and settled in Bowie in 1964.

She was a founding member of Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association, a group known as Brava that was instrumental in creating the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. She also was a co-founder of the Music Teachers Association of Bowie. Her memberships included the National Association of Singing Teachers and the Bowie Senior Chorale.

She received the Rosa Ponselle Foundation’s Gold Medal Teacher-of-the-Year award in 1995 and was a guest performer in the 2012 local Maryland Senior Idol contest sponsored by the Washington County Commission on Aging.

Her husband of 63 years, retired Air Force Maj. Robert Gottlieb, died in 2008. Survivors include three children, Nancy Bort of Arlington, Roanne Karzon of St. Louis and Michael Gottlieb of Ashburn, Va.; a brother; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough