A Mass of Christian burial for George Thomas Rankin, retired Baltimore teacher and Towson State athletic star, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 100th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City.
Mr. Rankin died Friday of pulmonary fibrosis at his Ocean Pines ** home. He was 81.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Rankin was educated in the city's parochial schools and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1929. He later attended what was then the Towson State Teacher's College, graduating in 1935.
In his years at Towson, Mr. Rankin lettered in all three of the established varsity sports -- baseball, basketball and soccer. He was later elected to the Towson State Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduation, Mr. Rankin began his career with the Baltimore public schools, teaching at Southern High School until World War II, when he left to serve in the U.S. Navy. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander and was stationed at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center, where he helped run the Navy's wartime athletic programs.
In 1947, he left the military and returned to the city schools, teaching business at Patterson High School from 1948 until his ++ retirement in 1974. For many of those years, Mr. Rankin also coached Patterson's baseball team.
A resident of Glen Burnie from 1948 until his retirement to the Eastern Shore in 1980, Mr. Rankin was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Glen Burnie. After moving to Ocean Pines, he also became involved in shore real estate and owned several Ocean City apartment buildings.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Evelyn Hayden; three daughters, Donna R. Greenwood of Ocean City and Bonnie R. Firth and Michele R. Magnone, both of Ocean Pines; a son, Michael T. Rankin, also of Ocean Pines; a sister, Frances R. Miles of New York; and a brother, Dr. Joseph E. Rankin of Annapolis; and nine grandchildren
The family suggests that memorial donations be directed to the Coastal Hospice in Salisbury.