Faye Renwick, 65, teacher, guidance counselor known for inspiring students

September 11, 1997|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Faye Renwick, a Baltimore school guidance counselor who tried to instill in students that "education doesn't end when they finish high school," died of cancer Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Until May, Mrs. Renwick, 65, was a counselor at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, where she was known as a staunch student supporter and inspiration who was seldom idle.

"She was a very, very dedicated individual," said Gene Lawrence, principal of Mervo. "Her concern was always for the students."

Mrs. Renwick made calls to colleges seeking scholarships and urged Mervo teachers to write letters to colleges on students' behalf, colleagues said.

She organized career workshops and arranged for professionals speak to students about their jobs.

Bernard Lowekamp, head of the guidance department at Mervo, said the money offered for scholarships to Mervo students tripled last year because of Mrs. Renwick's calls and persistence. "She was just tenacious in pursuing scholarship opportunities," Lowekamp said.

A native of San Antonio, the former Faye Pearl Bryant graduated in 1953 from Fisk University in Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in history. She earned a master's degree in education from Coppin State College in 1970 and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

Her 1954 marriage to Archie Lee Price Jr. ended in divorce. She was married in 1964 to James Renwick, who died in 1992.

She came to Maryland in the 1960s and, after teaching in Baltimore County, worked in the city school system. She taught special education class at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in the 1970s and transferred in 1978 to the old Eastern High School, where she also worked with special education students.

Mrs. Renwick went to Mervo after Eastern was closed in 1986, and became a counselor in 1991.

"She always did everything with a great deal of enthusiasm," said Bettye Eubanks, who taught with Mrs. Renwick at Eastern High. "She enjoyed working with the students and seeing them go in the right direction."

Mrs. Renwick enjoyed dancing and gardening, and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Elks and American Legion Post 285.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

She is survived by two sons, Archie Lee Price III and Bryant Wayne Price, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Jacqueline Jewel Renwick of Atlanta; two sisters, June McDowell of Miami and Lynda Edwards of Irving, Texas; and a grandson.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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