Bhramara Heid, 60, a professor of interior design and coordinator of the interior design program at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College, died July 30 of multiple myeloma at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She had lived in the Washington area most of her life and was a Chevy Chase resident from 1968 until her death.
Ms. Heid was born Lucille Dagret Lane in Baltimore. Her father was a career naval officer, so as a child she lived in several cities, until the family settled in Washington in 1958. She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1961. She studied ballet in San Francisco, London and at the Washington School of Ballet and seriously considered pursuing dance professionally.
Instead, she married in 1964 and didn't work outside the home until a divorce in 1971 left her as a single mother with two young children. After finding employment in a variety of jobs over the years and exploring a career in nursing, she discovered a talent for interior design.
In 1983, she received a bachelor's degree in interior design from the University of Maryland, where she was a member of the Omicron Nu Honor Society and the American Society of Interior Design (ASID).
She honed her design skills working for District designers Gloria Capron in 1984 and Gary Lovejoy in 1988 and 1999. She also owned a residential design business, J H Associates, from 1988 until her death.
Ms. Heid taught design history and color theory at the University of Maryland at College Park, from 1984 to 1988. She became an adjunct professor of interior design at Montgomery College in 1988 and became a full professor the next year.
She also was a faculty adviser for the interior design student club, whose members regularly participated in the annual National Symphony Orchestra Decorator Show House. She and her students won a Decorator Show House award in the late 1990s for an innovative redo of a small washroom inside a house; the Montgomery College team transformed the room into a teenager's media room, with CDs serving as wall covering.
Montgomery College has established the Bhramara Heid Interior Design Scholarship and Award Fund in her honor.
Ms. Heid was a member of Real Life Church in the District.
Her marriages to Paul Michael Heid and Alan Stein of Easton ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Victoria Hall of Bethesda and Wendel Heid of Lewes, Del., and a son from her second marriage, Alexander Stein, a student at Portland State University in Oregon; two brothers; and four grandchildren.