Judith T. ‘Judy’ Comotto, who headed Roland Park Country School adult ed program, dies

Judith T. “Judy” Comotto, who headed the adult education program at Roland Park Country School, where she also organized a day care program, died last Thursday of stomach cancer at her Lutherville home. She was 71.

The former Judith Mary Troch, daughter of Thomas Troch, a Baltimore firefighter, and his wife, Maude Wheeley Troch, a garment worker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, Essex, Bowleys Quarters and Parkville.

She was 2 years old when her father died and was raised by her mother, who had to go to work in a garment factory making men’s suits, as well as by aunts and cousins, family members said.

She was a 1967 graduate of Kenwood High School and attended what is now CCBC Essex.

In 1967, Ms. Comotto began working as assistant to Alan P. Hoblitzell Jr., who later became chairman of the board of the old Maryland National Bank. She left in 1975 to raise her two children and returned to Mr. Hoblitzell’s office in 1984, working until 1990.

When Mr. Hoblitzell was named CFO of Ryland Homes in 1990, Ms. Comotto joined him in Columbia, where she worked for the next three years. From 1993 to 2004, she was assistant general manager of the Baltimore Country Club.

From 2004 to 2014, when she retired, she headed Kaleidoscope, Roland Park Country School’s adult education program. She also established and oversaw the operation of a day care program for children of faculty and staff members.

She also volunteered at Cromwell Valley Elementary School.

Ms. Comotto enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

“For more than 40 years, Judy enjoyed going to the Quality Inn in Ocean City, with more than 50 other family members who took over the third floor facing the ocean,” said her husband of 49 years, John Comotto, former owner of a Dundalk liquor store.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore.

Plans for a celebration-of-life gathering are incomplete because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Comotto is survived by two sons, Brain Comotto of Cub Hill and Jeffrey Comotto of Towson; a brother, Bill Langill of Raleigh, North Carolina; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


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