- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 7, 2004

Bhramara Heid, 60, college professor

Bhramara Heid, a professor of interior design and coordinator of the Interior Design Program at Montgomery College, died July 30 of multiple myeloma at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was 60.

A resident of the Washington area for most of her life, she lived in Chevy Chase from 1968 until her death.

Miss Heid was born Lucille Lane in Baltimore. Her father, Adm. Richard Lane, was a career naval officer, so she lived in several cities until her family settled permanently in the District in 1958. She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1961. She studied ballet in San Francisco, at the Tring School in England and at the Washington School of Ballet, and she seriously considered pursuing dance professionally.

She became engaged to Paul Michael Heid, and they were married at the Navy Chapel in the District in 1964. Mr. Heid worked for Price Waterhouse, and Mr. and Mrs. Heid moved to New York City and then returned to Washington with the firm. They had two children. She did not work outside the home until a divorce in 1971 left her as a single mother with two young children.

After exploring a career in nursing, Ms. Heid received a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1983. She graduated as a member of the Omicron Nu Honor Society, the Dean’s List and the American Society of Interior Design.

She honed her design skills, working for D.C. designers Gloria Capron and Gary Lovejoy. She owned her own residential-design business, J H Associates, from 1988 until her death.

Ms. Heid taught design history and color theory at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1984 to 1988. In 1988, she became an adjunct professor of interior design at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus and later became a full professor. She was also a faculty adviser for the interior design student club and the students who participated repeatedly in the annual National Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse. Montgomery College has established the Bhramara Heid Interior Design Scholarship and Award Fund in her honor.

Ms. Heid was a member of the Real Life Church in the District.

Her marriage to Alan Stein, with whom she had one child, ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Victoria Hall of Bethesda, Wendel Heid of Lewes, Del., and Alexander Stein, who attends Portland State University in Oregon; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Lucien Lane of Atlanta and Richard Lane of Joliet, Ill.

A memorial service at the church will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at 4100 River Road NW.

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