Rolland Marshall Teel, 92, founder and first headmaster of the Severn School in Severna Park, Md., died of a cerebral hemorrhage Oct. 9 at the Keswick Home in Baltimore. He had been a resident there for about three years.
Mr. Teel began his career in educaiton as a teacher at the old Werntz School, a service preparatory school in Annapolis. In 1914, he founded the Severn School as a preparatory school for the U.S. Naval Academy.
He served as headmaster of the school and taught at least one course each year until his retirement in 1955. In 1966, he retired from the school's board of trustees. The Severn School became coeducational in 1971.
Mr. Teel was born in Hackettstown, N.J. in 1906, he earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Lafayette College. He spent the next two years doing graduate work at the Museum of Natural History in New York City under the direction of the naturalist and explorer, Roy Chapman Andrews, then director of the Museum.
Survivors include two sons, Capt. Richard Ashley Teel (USN-Ret.), of Severna Park, and Rolland Marshall Teel Jr., of Baltimore, and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Severn School Fund, Severna Park.