Eleanor Graham, taught generations

February 15, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Eleanor P. Graham, who taught at Roland Park Country School for 41 years, died Feb. 6 of heart failure at the Keswick Home, where she had been a resident since 1987.

She was 94.

Miss Graham taught math and science to generations of students before her retirement in 1965.

"She was a teacher who always had time for her students," recalled Jean Waller Brune, headmistress of Roland Park Country School, who was in the school's class of 1960. "I went to her for math help every morning and afternoon, and she was always cheerful and helpful. She was really devoted to the school."

Anne Healy, who retired in 1975 after 25 years as headmistress, said, "I knew Miss Graham for 40 years, and she was among the most respected and honored faculty members at the school. As a teacher, she both challenged the most able students and nurtured the others along the way and held them all to high standards."

Born in Salisbury, Miss Graham moved to Roland Park when she was 4. She entered Roland Park Country School in the first grade and graduated in 1916.

She earned her bachelor's degree at Vassar College in 1920, returning to Roland Park Country in 1924 after teaching at the Hartridge School in Plainfield, N.J.

For most of her career, Miss Graham chaired the mathematics and science departments at the Roland Park school. In 1990, she was awarded the Bell Lazenby McCauley Award for her long service to the school.

After her retirement, she volunteered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and enjoyed classes in Roland Park Country's evening school. She tutored members of the Keswick Home staff after she moved there.

She was an active member of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church for many years.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at the church, 4801 Roland Ave.

She is survived by two nephews, three nieces, six grandnephews, five grandnieces, nine great-grandnephews and seven great-grandnieces.

The family suggested memorial donations to Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210.

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