McGough, schools activist

January 28, 1993|By Staff Report

Kristine Marie McGough, who became an activist on issues including research and textbook review in public schools in the 1970s, died Tuesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice.

The 55-year-old Columbia resident became active in the mid-1970s when her children were included in a research project without parental permission that she and her husband thought posed overly personal questions.

She became chairman of an organization called Citizens Advocating Responsible Education that helped establish research and death education guidelines and a new textbook review process in the Howard County schools.

From 1979 until 1983, she served on the Maryland Values Education Commission and from 1976 until 1979, she served as editor and author of a column, "A Parent's Perspective," that was published in Social Education, the journal of the National Council for Social Studies.

She made presentations at national and state conventions of the council.

She also was active on a National Science Foundation curriculum review team, as a participant in the 1976 Wingspread Conference on textbooks, at a National Institute of Education Curriculum development conference, and in a Department of Health Education and Welfare meeting on human research subjects.

The former Kristine Marie Cantin was born in Holyoke, Mass., where she graduated from high school and attended a community college and a hospital school for X-ray technicians.

She moved to the Washington area in 1959 with her husband, John McGough, and they settled in Columbia in 1971.

For nearly 10 years, she has worked as a legal assistant, most recently at the firm of Kaplan, Heyman, Greenberg, Engelman & Belgrad.

She was a member of the Howard County and Columbia Republican clubs and of Howard County and Maryland Right to Life.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for her at 9 a.m Saturday at St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church in Holyoke.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Genevieve McCardell of Columbia and Amy McGough of Boston; her mother, Genevieve Cantin of Holyoke; a sister, Joyce Burke of Holyoke; and a grandson.

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