Anna W. Pendergrast, 71, a music and reading teacher for 44 years in D.C. and Prince George's County public schools, died of a stroke Oct. 16 at Washington Hospital Center. She lived in the District.

Dr. Pendergrast worked at 16 schools during her career and was an adjunct professor of reading at Trinity University and Prince George's Community College.

She was a native Washingtonian who had her first piano recital at Shiloh Baptist Church when she was 4.

She played at churches throughout the city in her youth.

She graduated from Dunbar High School and received a bachelor's degree in music education from South Carolina State University.

She received a master's degree in music education from Howard University in 1970 and a doctorate in reading from Trinity in 1991.

Dr. Pendergrast played piano and organ daily. Even after a stroke in middle age, she resumed playing for family and friends.

When she started an estate sales company from her home in the 1980s, she named it Sebastian Sales, in honor of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

She was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Washington.

She retired from teaching in D.C. public schools in 1999. She taught in Prince George's until her death.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Dr. David H. Pendergrast of the District; a daughter, Kimberly P. Harris of Silver Spring; a son, David M. Pendergrast of the District; two brothers, John H. Whitson of Atlanta and Charles S. Whitson of Suitland; and two granddaughters.

Anna Pendergrast taught reading and music at schools and colleges in the District and Prince George's.