David R. My­ers, science teacher

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES WORLD - — Jac­ques Kelly

David Ruby My­ers, who taught physics in the Prince Ge­orge’s County school sys­tem for 39 years, died of can­cer Nov. 17 at his Lau­rel home. He was 73.

Born in Eas­ton and raised in Lau­rel, he was the son of Merl D. My­ers and Lil­lie Ruby. He was a 1961 grad­u­ate of Lau­rel Ju­niorSe­nior High School and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity.

In 1967, he mar­ried Sherry Swank, a Union Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal nurs­ing stu­dent.

He taught physics and chem­istry at Cross­land High School in Tem­ple Hills and then joined the fac­ulty of Green­belt’s newly opened Eleanor Roo­sevelt High School. He was later its science de­part­ment chair. He was named Prince Ge­orge’s Out­stand­ing Science Teacher in 1987. He was a Mary­land fi­nal­ist in the Pres­i­den­tial Award for Ex­cel­lence in Science.

Mr. My­ers was part of a 2002 Univer­sity of Mary­land pro­gram to in­struct Rwan­dan ed­u­ca­tors in teach­ing science. He also taught a Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege sum­mer course for el­e­men­tary science teach­ers for many years.

He was a found­ing mem­ber, board pres­i­dent and trea­surer of Side by Side, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that as­sists Prince Ge­orge’s County pub­lic schools.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at First United Methodist Church of Lau­rel, where he sang in the choir, taught Sun­day school and chaired the ad­min­is­tra­tive board.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 49 years, a re­tired nurse; a daugh­ter, Trysta Yox of Miller­stown, Pa.; three broth­ers, Don­ald T. My­ers of Edge­wa­ter, Charles I. My­ers of Oak Is­land, N.C., and Carey R. My­ers of Day­ton; a sis­ter, Re­becca J. Hen­der­son of Faulkner; and a grand­daugh­ter.

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