Harry Pitt, former superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, died last week at the age of 81.

Dr. Harry Pitt during a school board meeting in Rockville, Maryland on Dec. 8, 1981. (James A. Parcell/The Washington Post)

His leadership was remembered for improving relations with the board of education, expanding full-day kindergarten programs, and helping new teachers get oriented.

My colleague Adam Bernstein reports:

By his own admission, Dr. Pitt was not an innovator or reformer. He was skeptical about trends that suddenly bloomed in his field, once telling The Washington Post, “I don’t pick up every idea that comes along just because someone wrote a book about it.” He worked 70-hour weeks, and his manner with subordinates was direct. He relieved job stress by lifting weights and jogging.

You can read his obituary here.