William Horace Duncan Jr., 57, Southern High...

August 08, 1998

William Horace Duncan Jr., 57, Southern High teacher

William Horace Duncan Jr., a retired career military officer and a teacher and track coach at Southern High School in Baltimore, died Aug. 1 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at his Laurel home. He was 57.

Mr. Duncan enlisted in the Army in 1963 after earning his bachelor's degree in business administration from Morgan State College.

Assigned to the Medical Services Corps, Mr. Duncan served in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired from the Army with the rank of major in 1984.

The next year, he joined the Southern High School faculty, where until the time of his death he taught Junior ROTC and was track coach.

"He really liked working with inner-city students and wanted to expose them to other things in life. Every year, he went off to camp with the ROTC students at Aberdeen Proving Grounds," said his daughter, Lori Duncan Charles of Los Angeles.

Mr. Duncan was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from Holy Trinity High School.

Services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Meade Chapel Center at Fort Meade, with interment at 2: 30 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, the former Constance A. Walls, whom he married in 1967; a son, Christopher A. Duncan of Laurel; his mother, Julia Maddox of Laurel; two sisters, Donna E. McDavid of Laurel and Claudette Walker of Staten Island, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/08/98

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