Dr. Dianne Ganz Scheper (Ph.D., Religious studies, Catholic University) died of cancer at home in Bolton Hill on February 19, 2021. After an outstanding career at Montgomery College, where she served as Director of the Honors Program and was a founder of the award-winning Montgomery Scholars Program, Dianne Ganz Scheper retired in 2002 as Professor emerita. In a second career, Professor Scheper came to Baltimore, upon her second marriage, to Humanities Professor Dr. George Scheper, and she conducted adjunct teaching for the Adult Humanities Program at CCBC, and, as adjunct Senior Lecturer, for the MLA, Odyssey, and Osher programs at Johns Hopkins University, where twice she received the Outstanding Teacher award.
Dianne Ganz Scheper is survived by her husband, Dr. George Scheper; by two children from her first marriage, to Paul Ganz: Brian Ganz, a concert pianist, and Dr. Nicole Ganz, a chiropractor; and by two stepchildren, Dr. Jeanne Scheper, Chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Irvine, and David Scheper, an ironworker and fabricator for film and television; by her sister Suzanne Liggett, of Berryville, Virginia; four grandchildren, four nieces, a sister-in-law, and two nieces-in-law and a nephew-in-law. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, no funeral service is being held, but a memorial will be planned and announced when the pandemic is effectively over.
Published in Baltimore Sun from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2021.