Mary K. Pritchard, 86, microbiologist, teacher

July 08, 2002

Mary K. Pritchard, an original resident of Edenwald retirement community and a former president of its residents association, died of cancer Wednesday. She was 86.

Born Mary Kimball in Chicago, she moved to Baltimore with her parents in 1919. A 1933 graduate of Eastern High School, she went on to earn a degree from Goucher College in 1937 and to work as a microbiologist for the city Health Department.

In 1938, she married Kenneth L. Pritchard and left the work force after the birth of her first child in 1940.

During the 1960s, she attended graduate school and received her teaching certificate. She then taught special education and was a substitute teacher in the Baltimore school system before retiring to Easton in the late 1970s.

She and her husband moved into Edenwald shortly after the Towson retirement community opened in 1985. Mrs. Pritchard became increasingly active in Edenwald's activities after her husband's death in 1987.

A memorial concert and service for Mrs. Pritchard, who donated her body to the Anatomy Board, will be held at Edenwald.

She is survived by six daughters, Susan P. Brown of Naples, Fla., Mary V. Pritchard and Sally P. Hiebel of Chestertown, Marguerite P. Long and Harriet P. Olsen of Baltimore, and Eileen Pritchard-Bryan of Jarrettsville; a sister, Virginia deMoss of Silver Spring; a brother, Lewis Kimball of Savannah, Ga.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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