A. Kathleen Gran Science teacher

May 08, 1994

A memorial service is to be held at 10 a.m. today for A. Kathleen Gran, who taught science for 31 years at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills.

Miss Gran, 97, died March 2 of renal failure at the Charlestown Care Center in Catonsville. She had lived at the Charlestown Retirement Community since 1991.

Her long career at Garrison Forest began in 1940. She taught biology, chemistry and physical science before retiring as head of the science department in 1971. Earlier, she taught at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Seminary and at schools in Kansas.

Winifred McDowell, who has taught biology at the Owings Mills girl's school since 1960, said: "She was demanding, exacting and eager for them to develop the necessary thinking skills."

Sarah Achenbach, assistant director of development for the school, remembered her as "attending every play, sporting event and lecture. She never missed a Garrison event and was such a big part of the life of the school."

She was born and reared in Wareham, Mass., where she was "proud of her Yankee background and town," Ms. McDowell said.

She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1918 from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in education from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer for many years and briefly lived at Elkridge Estates in Roland Park before moving to Catonsville.

Today's services for Miss Gran are to be held at the Garrison Forest Chapel, Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

She is survived by a niece, Natalie Gran Cason of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and her longtime friend, Alice Jane Talcott of Catonsville.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Faculty Salary Endowment Fund, 300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills 21117.

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