Grace M. Gaskins
Grace M. Gaskins, a retired Baltimore city schools guidance counselor, died Thursday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 62.
She began her 31-year career with the city schools in 1953, teaching business-related courses, first at Carver Vocational School, then at Dunbar High School from 1958 to 1966.
In 1966, she earned a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland at College Park and became a guidance counselor. She counseled students at Lombard Junior High School, Walbrook High School and Lemmel Middle School before retiring in 1984.
Born in Parmele, N.C., Mrs. Gaskins lost her parents in an automobile accident when she was 10 years old. Adopted by her uncle, William Manning, and his wife, Lucinda, she moved with her new family to Northwest Baltimore in 1941.
She was a 1949 graduate of Douglass High School, and in 1953 received a bachelor's degree in business education from Hampton Institute in Virginia, now called Hampton University. After studying in College Park, she continued her professional training at Morgan State University and Mount St. Agnes College.
Mrs. Gaskins was honored last month for 50 years of active membership in the Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Baltimore. She was a member of the church's Sanctuary Choir, the Baptist Training Union and Women's Day Committee. Mrs. Gaskins was also an active member of the Columbia chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, 3100 Walbrook Ave.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Charles Gaskins Sr.; two sons, Charles Gaskins Jr. of Woodlawn and Gregory Gaskins of Baltimore; a daughter, Cori Gaskins of Mitchellville; her stepmother, Jessie Manning of Baltimore; a sister, Willa Hassel of Baltimore; a goddaughter whom she reared, Joyce Mack; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, White Marsh, 21236.
Benjamin H. Davis
Benjamin H. Davis, a retired university researcher and professor, died March 27 at Howard County General Hospital after undergoing cancer surgery. He was 88.
Dr. Davis, a Columbia resident, was a researcher and a professor of plant pathology at Rutgers University in New Jersey for 31 years and was department chairman when he retired in 1971. He specialized in vegetable diseases and helped develop the Rutgers tomato, which became popular nationwide.
Born in Lafayette, Ind., Dr. Davis earned his undergraduate degree in the late 1920s from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and a doctorate in agriculture from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Dr. Davis retired to Florida, and in September moved to Columbia to live near his son, Glenn T. Davis of Ellicott City.
Dr. Davis also is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Dorothy Bond; another son, Donald W. Davis of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday in Columbia. The family suggested donations to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.