Shirley Elizabeth Smith Almquist
Shirley Almquist, D.C. teacher

Tuesday, February 21 2012, 10:14 PM

Shirley Almquist, 95, who taught in D.C. Public
Schools for 31 years, died Feb. 13 at the Asbury
Methodist Village retirement community in
Gaithersburg. She had respiratory failure, said
daughter-in-law Jan Almquist.

Mrs. Almquist retired in 1971 from Alice Deal Junior High School, where she
had taught history, geography and civics for about two decades. She had
previously taught at District schools including Paul Junior High School.

Shirley Elizabeth Smith was a District native and a 1933 graduate of the old
Central High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wilson
Teachers College (now part of the University of the District of Columbia) in
1937 and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase and the
Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg.

Her husband of 63 years, John R. Almquist, died in 2002.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Almquist of Falls Church, David
Almquist of Newark, Del., and Mark Almquist of Vienna; five grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer, The Washington Post