Naomi Z. Ulmer, Science Teacher

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Naomi Z. Ulmer, 91, who taught science classes at the Capitol Page School from 1950 to 1978, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 14 at the
Presbyterian Homes assisted-living facility in Evanston, Ill. She had moved to Illinois from Potomac in 2004. In the 1940s, Mrs. Ulmer
taught biology at  
Kramer Jr. High School and  Anacostia High School.
In retirement, she wrote freelance articles for the Potomac Gazette and the Potomac Almanac newspapers and did volunteer work for the
American Cancer Society and the Potomac Library. The Potomac Chamber of Commerce named her a 1996 citizen of the year for her
volunteer work.
She was among those who advocated the renaming of the Maryland side of  the George Washington Memorial Parkway after Clara
Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The change was made in 1989.
Naomi Zinken was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a bachelor's degree in 1938 and a master's in 1940, both in biology, from New
York University.
She did graduate work in biology at Leiden University while accompanying her husband, an economics professor, to the Netherlands in
the late 1950s and late  1960s.
She worked on environmental causes near her summer home in Kezar Falls,  Maine.
Her husband, Melville J. Ulmer, whom she married in 1936, died in 2001.
Survivors include two children, Melville P. Ulmer of Evanston and Stephanie  M. Ulmer of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren; and a
great-grandson.
-- Adam Bernstein