Gloria Oling Frank, 82, who taught thousands of Montgomery County students over 50 years, died of pneumonia May 18 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Frank was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a bachelor's degree in 1942 at the University of Vermont, where she majored in foreign languages and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She moved to the Washington area in 1949. She was a substitute teacher in Hyattsville and in Bethesda before she began her regular teaching career. She started with the Montgomery County public schools in 1956, working as a sixth-grade teacher at Wood Acres Elementary School in Bethesda. From 1962 to 1968, she taught French and Spanish at Thomas Pyle Junior High School in Bethesda.
From 1968 until her retirement in 1987, Mrs. Frank worked as a teacher specialist in the Montgomery school system, dedicated to the foreign language program and the program for English as a second language, which has grown to serve thousands of students speaking a hundred languages.
In a 1981 Washington Post article, she described some of the ways in which dealing with foreign students was different. "Now that young man there," she said, pointing to a Cuban student in the bilingual history class, "has been out of school for four years. In Cuba, he was on his own a lot and ran his own life. Here, if you're three minutes late for a class, that's a serious infraction. So he's sent to the office all the time. He says, 'What's three minutes?' And when you consider what he's been through, you get to see his point."
After her retirement, she tutored foreign students in the county. She also served as a board member and as secretary and archivist of the Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association up to the time of her death. A longtime resident of Bethesda, she lived most recently in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Frank was a member of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County for 50 years. She edited its newsletter and served as secretary, donating her salary back to the congregation. She volunteered to assist Jewish refugees and helped to feed the homeless through Bethesda Cares.
She traveled extensively with her husband to all the continents.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Beryl Frank of Silver Spring; two children, Lincoln Frank of Baltimore and Bruce Frank of Chappaqua, N.Y.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister.