Delimita Reid, 50, teacher at Poly

January 21, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Delimita Prudence Hudson Reid, who taught history at the Polytechnic Institute, died Wednesday of breast cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 50.

"She was an extraordinary and sensitive individual who worked primarily with ninth-graders. She helped them make the transition from middle school to a demanding college preparatory environment," said Beverly Speight-Mohamed, dean of students at the school.

She said Mrs. Reid "was self-motivated, hard-working, very sensitive and respectful of her students. We were all saddened when we heard the news of her death, and we ended the day with a moment of silence to her memory. It's a real loss to our school."

Mrs. Reid, who resigned last summer because of failing health but continued tutoring students until a week before her death, was described by E. Christian Piercy, head of Poly's history department, as "a marvelous teacher. She was very nurturing with her students."

"She had a wonderful down-home style of teaching," Mr. Piercy said. "She was the kind of teacher who arrived here early and stayed late."

Mrs. Reid was born and reared in Washington, D.C., and was a 1960 graduate of Roosevelt High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Howard University in 1966 and a master's degree in history from Morgan State University in 1983.

She began her teaching career at Harlem Park Elementary School in 1966 and joined Poly's faculty in 1983.

Last week, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke sent her a citation that read in part: "In recognition for your years of faithful and exemplary service to our city which has now come to a well-earned and rewarding conclusion."

Mrs. Reid was a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and of the Union of Black Episcopalians.

She taught Sunday school at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, 2300 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore, where a memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include two daughters, Denise Reid-Abrams and Deborah Reid, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Carolyn L. Hudson of Clayton, Wash., and Michelle Hudson of Temple Hills; and her mother, Grace E. Hudson of Washington.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.

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