Sylvia Wigdor Gerber, 75, a retired Latin teacher and past president of the Washington Classical Society, died April 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Washington.
Mrs. Gerber had taught Latin at Woodrow Wilson High School from the mid-1930s to mid-1940s, and again from the late 1940s to late 1950s. She then transferred to the old Western High School, where she taught until the late 1960s. She also taught at Howard University, Sidwell Friends School and George Washington University before retiring in the mid-1970s.
She was the author of three Latin texts and the book, "Hannibal," which was published in Latin. She was a 1971 recipient of the Yale Award for distinguished teaching in the secondary schools.
Mrs. Gerber was born in Missouri and grew up in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor's degree in Latin at Temple University and a master's degree in American history at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1933, she married William Gerber and moved to this area.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Gerber was a member of Beth-El Congregation in Bethesda. She had been principal of the Hebrew School and adult education committee cochairman at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. She had taught Hebrew classes at the Ohr Kodesh, Adas Israel and Washington Hebrew congregations. She was a life member of Hadassah.
In addition to her husband, of Washington, her survivors include a son, Louis, also of Washington.