Francis Fairbank, school official, dies

August 27, 1991

A memorial service for Francis P. Fairbank, a former supervisor of history for Baltimore public schools, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

Mr. Fairbank, who was 86 and lived at Charlestown, had been in poor health for several months and died Aug. 17 at St. Agnes Hospital.

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from Calvert Hall College and later received his bachelor of arts degree in education from Loyola College and his master's from St. Mary's Seminary. He also pursued graduate work in education, history, and economics at the Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Cornell and the University of Wisconsin.

He began teaching history at City College in 1929 and later served as its chairman for the department of history. In 1953, he became vice principal at Eastern High School and supervisor of history for the Baltimore school system three years later. In 1967, he was the director of student teaching at Loyola College and, for more than 10 years, he taught summer and night school classes in history and economics at Loyola. He also taught summer school workshops at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and College of Notre Dame.

He was president of the Baltimore City History Teachers Association and a member of the Maryland State Council for Social Studies and National Council of Social Studies.

He was also chairman of youth education for the National Red Cross, director of the Model Youth City Council, a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the United Nations Youth, the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, and the Mayor's Advisory Council. He received awards for outstanding leadership from many of these organizations.

After 38 years with the Baltimore school system, he spent many summers taking student groups on tours through the Galapagos Islands, Egypt and Europe.

He also enjoyed writing "I remember" articles for the Sun Magazine on various topics such as "Six Decades of Vacations in Ocean City" and "City Boy-Farmhands Detasseling Corn during World War II."

His wife, the former Eleanor Ray Hatter, died in 1985.

He is survived by six sons, Francis Martin Fairbank of Lutherville, John Carroll Fairbank of Oahu, Hawaii, David Hatter Fairbank of Berlin, Charles Michael Fairbank of Eldersburg, Timothy Robert Fairbank of Sebastopol, Calif., and Thomas Louis Fairbank of Berryville, Va.; a brother, T. Paul Fairbank of Ocean City; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be sent to the Frank Fairbank Scholarship Fund, c/o Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

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