Laura E. LeMire, chair of the engineering department at the Community College of Baltimore County who had been an outstanding high school and collegiate athlete, died Thursday of breast cancer at her Catonsville home.
She was 57.
“It is a sad conversation, but I will tell you we all adored Laura LeMire, and I’d describe her as the quintessential community college faculty member,” said Sandra L. Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County.
“She was extraordinarily devoted to her students, and she was an excellent example of what a smart woman can do in a field that is mainly male-dominated,” said Dr. Kurtinitis.
“Laura was a little bit shy but very much in a positive way. She had a lovely smile, and whenever you complimented her, she’d respond with that smile. She was a genuinely sweet person,” Dr. Kurtinitis said. “She just adored her students, and they adored her.”
“Her death is a huge loss for our school, students and community,” said Jack McLaughlin, dean of the Community College of Baltimore County’s School of Technology, Art and Design, which includes the engineering department. “She was dedicated to her profession and our students. She was a competitive person but wanted to have fun.”
Laura Ellen LeMire, the daughter of Francis Joseph LeMire, associate dean of students at Towson University, and Connie Rudich LeMire, a social worker, was born in Detroit and moved with her family to Towson in 1963.
Ms. LeMire was a 1977 graduate of Towson High School, where she was a member of the field hockey, basketball, and track-and-field team.
At Towson High, she named Outstanding Female Athlete, and as a member of the National Junior Olympics track-and-field team in 1976, she placed eighth in the long jump. She will join the Towson High Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, family members said.