Lewis Corl
1933 - 2020
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Lewis Higbee Corl, age 86, died on Friday, April 17, at his home in Middletown MD. He was born on December 7, 1933 in Emmitsburg MD. He was the son of the late Rev. Claude H. Corl, Sr. and Lucy Higbee Corl. He married Diana Lee Wyand, his wife of 56 years on December 21, 1963. He was predeceased by his brother, Claude H. Corl, Jr. and sister, Mary Corl Johnson.

He was a graduate of Thurmont High School, Class of 1954 and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Maryland. He served in the United States Army.

Lewis began his career as a math teacher for the Frederick County Board of Education in 1958 retiring in 1995. During that time he taught at Elm Street Jr. High, Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, Brunswick High School and Ballenger Creek Middle School. He was a Math Curriculum Specialist and later an Assistant Vice Principal at New Market Middle School. He taught in the school for military dependents in Pirmasens, Germany.

He taught at Frederick Community College and was Adjunct Faculty of the Hood College Graduate School.

Lewis was a devoted member of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Middletown where he served on the Consistory as Elder and Deacon, the Cemetery Board of Trustees, enjoyed the Breakfast Bible Study Group, and taught Sunday School.

He was an avid gardener whistling while he worked, a tree planter, an advocate for walking trails and a longtime member of the Middletown Parks and Recreation Committee. He played the piano, harpsichord (which he built) and organ.

He is survived by three sons; Matthew Higbee Corl (Emily), Andrew Martin Corl (Tiffany), Dr. Benjamin Alan Corl (Julia Burger); six grandchildren; Joshua Webster Corl, Thomas Andrew Corl, Tyler Christopher Nice, William Higbee Corl, Clara Rose Corl and Helen Lucille Corl; brothers-in-law, Jeffrey Alan Wyand (Dr. Roxanna Wolfe), Raymond P. Johnson and sister-in-law Joyce K. Corl; nieces and nephews.

A burial for immediate family will be held with the Rev. Mark Wakefield officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Memorial Fund of Christ Reformed UCC, P.O. Box 333, Middletown MD 21769.

Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in The Frederick News-Post from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2020.
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22 entries
April 27, 2020
It has been a while since I have seen Lou, but many years ago I was a new teacher at GTJHS and Lou would walk down to where I was assigned hall duty and ask how were things going for me and could he help in anyway. He was a gentleman. His family are in my prayers.
Bill Van Hall
April 25, 2020
so sorry for your loss, he was a good teacher and will be missed.
Rose Domboski-Hunt
April 23, 2020
Dear Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Corl's passing. He was my math teacher at Elm Street School more years ago than we should think about. He was always my favorite math teacher and gave me the foundation for my skills with numbers for the rest of my life. He was always kind to students and willing to take the time necessary to make our lessons understood.

Diane Harne Brown
Frederick, Md
Diane Brown
April 22, 2020
It was a pleasure knowing Lewis. We were on the Middletown Parks and Rec together and he was responsible for some of our trails in Middletown.
He attended most of the town meetings too.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy to his family.
Pam & Rick Dietrick
April 21, 2020
My sincere sympathies are sent to Diana and the Corl families
I was saddened to know of the loss for all of us at CRUCC the passing of Lewis. He will be remembered for his listening to the postlude Organ music quietly bowing his head on the back of the pew ahead. So happy a person you would not want to forget.
He will be thought of in his caring for his wife ,family and church friends.Memories will not fade for me.....most sincerely, Merle Parkin
Merle Parkin
April 21, 2020
I had Mr Corl for Algebra at Elm Street Jr. High in the 9th grade, 1961-62. I learned easily from him. He not only taught us how to solve problems step-wise but also taught me how to reason, which I not only applied to my math solving but also have used the reasoning I learned in that algebra class throughout my life. I saw him and got to speak with him when I attended Mathew's organ program several years ago at the church in Middletown, and his wife also, whom I had one year for art. I am glad I got to let him know what he did for me in that class. I ended up majoring in music but had no idea he had much musical talent. May he rest in peace, and I wish God's blessings and comfort to his family.
Bonnie Tucker Wine
April 21, 2020
We are very sorry to hear about Lewis' untimely death. He was one of the most interesting people to talk with I've ever met and usually had a humorous quip to go along with his thoughtful conversation. I will miss my pleasant walks with him on paths in Middletown that his actions brought about, talking about everything under the sun. Our sincere sympathies to Diana and the rest of the family.
Gary & Connie Bell
April 21, 2020
I had the pleasure of sitting behind Mr. Lewis and Diana at Christ Reformed Church. We always exchanged words before service. I will miss his smile, his friendship, and his kindness. I am so happy that I was able to speak with him the day before he went to Heaven. My deepest condolences to Diana,his and family and many friends. He will be missed by so many, but he will never be forgotten! Rest in peace Mr. Lewis. You will live in the hearts of all that knew you.....
April 21, 2020
Mr. Corl, as we called him at GTHS, was an excellent math teacher that took time to explain algebra in a way that made it understandable and functional. He had a wry sense of humor and would hold special sessions at lunch time for students struggling with math.

Condolences to family and friends.
Ken Thompson
April 21, 2020
To our dear friend, we were so sorry to hear of the sudden death of Lewis. I'll never forget on my daily walks, coming up the hill by your house and hearing Lewis whistling away. He wasn't whistling to a familiar tune, just whistling, so happy to be in his garden working. He will be missed by many. Our love to you, Diana, and the family.
Gail Johnson
April 21, 2020
Chris and I send our heartfelt love, Diana, for the sudden death of Lewis. I, too, as others have mentioned, on walking up the hill by your house would hear Lewis whistling in the garden, not really to a familiar tune but just whistling. He will be missed by many. Hugs and love to you, Diana, and the family
Gail Johnson
April 21, 2020
I was sorry to hear about the loss or Mr. Corl. I was a student at Elm Street and he was a teacher that I remembered and respected. Many prayers to Diana and family.
Sally Grossnickle
April 20, 2020
Lewis was our daughter Tiffany's father-in-law, a role he embraced with love and willingness to lend a hand with undertakings large and small. He was a warm, witty and wise gentleman who lived his faith and left the world a better place for his having been here. He will be sorely missed.
Claudia Dulmage
April 20, 2020
Lewis was our daughter Tiffanys father-in-law, a role he embraced with unqualified love and willingness to lend a helping hand in undertakings large and small. He was a warm, witty and wise gentleman who lived his faith and left the world a better place for his having been here. He will be sorely missed.
Claudia Dennis)
April 20, 2020
His Eyes is on a Sparrow.Prayers for your family.
Annie Branch
April 20, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mrs. Corl and the entire family upon the loss of of Lew. I worked with him at FCPS and appreciated his dedication. I did not realize what an accomplished man he was, but I have enjoyed seeing the garden on my walks. May he Rest In Peace.
Billie Laughland
April 20, 2020
My condolences to Lewis's family. I worked with Lew at FCPS. I did not realize what an accomplished man he was, however, I always enjoyed seeing his garden when I walked past the Corl's house. May he Rest In Peace.
Billie Willis Laughland
April 20, 2020
Thinking of you at this sorrowful time. Mr. Corl was a very kind man and fondly remembered.
Linda Newsom
April 20, 2020
Joyful! Thats the word I would use to describe the neighbor I knew as he worked in the gardens at his home and at Zion Lutheran Church. Always a smile and a comment on the beauty of the day, the flowers, family and life in general. He was a man who made every day count. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Mary Straits
April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Lewis Corl. I have fond remembrances of his whistling from our house next to the his as I was growing up. It wasn't a normal day if Lewis wasn't outside tending to his yard and gardens and whistling those many tunes. I will always remember him as our dear kind and loving neighbor. My heart goes out to the family at this time. Lewis will be greatly missed.
Deanna Dee-Dee Taylor
April 20, 2020
I send my sincere condolences to Diana and the entire family upon your loss of Lewis. I was a colleague and friend of Mr. Corl at GTJHS and at the BOE for many years. He was extremely dedicated to his students and the math curriculum. He will be missed. God bless all.
Carroll Kehne
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