Maud J. Broyles, 89, professor, naturalist

July 12, 2000

Maud J. Broyles, 89, professor, naturalist

Maud Jefferson Broyles, a retired Towson University education professor, died July 5 of complications of osteoporosis at Broadmead. She was 89 and had lived at the Cockeysville retirement community since 1991.

Miss Broyles joined the Towson faculty in 1960. She specialized in curriculum and supervision and worked closely with teachers and student-teachers in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools.

Born in Wikel, W.Va., Miss Broyles was raised in Beckley, W.Va. She earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1932 from Concord College in Athens, W.Va., a master's from Northwestern University in 1941 and a doctorate from Columbia University in 1959.

A naturalist, she helped plan and aided in the construction of a nature trail at the Cockeysville retirement community. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Baltimore Iris Society.

A memorial gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Broadmead Nature Trail, 13801 York Road.

She is survived by a nephew, Paul A. Broyles, and a niece, Betty Broyles Branch, both of Princeton, W.Va.; and several grandnephews and grandnieces.

Earles R. Mitchell, 83, nurse, community activist

Earles R. Mitchell, a retired nurse and a neighborhood activist, died July 3 of cancer at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 83 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Mitchell worked for 20 years as a nurse at the state-run Rosewood Center in Owings Mills and retired in 1976.

Taking an active role in her Park Heights Avenue neighborhood, Mrs. Mitchell helped develop programs to keep her neighborhood clean and to help youths stay drug-free and in school. She also served on the executive board of the Park Heights Community Corp.

Because of her activism, former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke named a street, Earles Mitchell's Way, in her honor in 1994. She also was recognized by former Presidents Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and by President Clinton, family members said.

Recently, a community service building on Park Heights Avenue was named in her honor.

According to family members, Mrs. Mitchell appeared before Congress to lobby for increased benefits for the elderly and retirees.

Born Earles Rose in Lynchburg, S.C., she graduated from high school in Florence, S.C. After completing nurses' training, she worked 10 years for the only black physician in Florence.

After living in Philadelphia for several years, she moved to Baltimore in 1956.

She had been a member of the Maryland Classified Employees Association and its executive board, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Maryland State Retirees' Association.

She was a founder of the Langston Hughes Community Association and a member of the Agape Fellowship African Methodist Episcopal Church on Reisterstown Road.

She was married for many years to Henry Mitchell, who died in 1990.

Services for Mrs. Mitchell will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 4502 Park Heights Ave.

She is survived by a son, George E. Mitchell of Waldorf; a daughter, Anetia Mitchell of Baltimore; two brothers, Leroy Rose Sr. of Baltimore and George Rose Sr. of Schenectady, N.Y.; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a stepbrother, Charles Jackson of Lowell, Mass.

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