BALTIMORE - Former Baltimore City Public schools superintendent Walter Amprey has died. He was 69.
Amprey led the city school system from 1991 to 1997 and also worked as an associate superintendent in Baltimore County. The Baltimore native went on to start his own educational consulting firm.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Amprey was one of her most-trusted advisers and leaned on his knowledge heavily following the death of her father, Del. Howard “Pete” Rawlings in 2003. She added that most recently, Amprey provided his expertise and worked alongside the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners to identify the next CEO for Baltimore City Public Schools
"My heart is heavy after hearing of Dr. Walter Amprey's passing…,” said Rawlings-Blake in a statement. “He will always be remembered as a progressive educator with national acclaim, who brought a forward-thinking, business-like approach to education administration. He had deep roots in Baltimore City with a strong passion for youth.
“He will truly be missed. I extend my deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time. I know they recognize the mark Dr. Amprey left on Baltimore. His legacy will remain for generations to come."
Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes called Amprey “an able statesman whose wisdom, experience and proactive leadership will be dearly missed at a time when cities like ours could benefit from his wisdom and expertise.”
“I stand with the family in mourning the death of a remarkable and compassionate education leader, an indefatigable champion of oppressed and marginalized children,” said Stokes in a statement. “He was never afraid to challenge and change the way education was viewed at the time in an effort to chart a new course for the future. He was ahead of his time.”
Amprey is survived by his wife, two daughters and a step daughter.