Ethel L. Raines-Wise, 85, educator

August 24, 1998|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Ethel L. Raines-Wise, a longtime city elementary school teacher and supervisor, died Thursday of a heart attack at her West Baltimore home. She was 85.

Born in Chimney Rock, N.C., the oldest of 11 children, the former Ethel Logan moved to Baltimore to continue her education at Douglass High School and the former Morgan State College.

"She was identified as a talented student early on and her family sent her to Baltimore to maximize her educational opportunities," said her son, Dr. Bannister Raines, a Towson physician. "She had a lifelong quest for learning."

She also attended Howard University and Temple University and earned a master's degree in education. She preferred teaching younger children, particularly first-graders, because "she thought they needed more support and more encouragement as they started school," her son said.

She left classroom instruction to provide on-the-job training to teachers and retired in 1970.

A scholarship fund established in her honor 12 years ago by Dr. Raines has provided college financial aid to more than 20 students. Mrs. Raines-Wise helped select the students and was working on a fund-raiser at the time of her death.

"Because of all her accomplishments in education, the scholarship fund is the most fitting memorial," said Dr. Raines.

For 65 years, Mrs. Raines-Wise was a member of Enon Baptist Church, founding its Sunday School and summer Bible study group.

She was married for about 20 years to Bannister L. Raines Sr., who died in 1960. In the late 1960s, she married Nolan A. Wise, who died in 1984.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Enon Baptist Church, Edmondson Avenue and Schroeder Street.

In addition to her son, survivors include two sisters, Martha Mills of Asheville, N.C., and Esther Ramsey of Chicago.

Pub Date: 8/24/98

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