Sister Mary Teressa, 76, social studies teacher

October 30, 2002

Sister Mary Teressa, a retired social studies teacher, died of cancer Thursday at Maria Health Care Center at her order's motherhouse in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. She was 76.

She taught from 1971 to 1995 at Institute of Notre Dame in East Baltimore, where she also was schedule director. She earlier taught elementary school subjects at St. John in Frederick, St. Mary of the Assumption in Govans, St. Thomas Aquinas in Hampden, Cathedral School at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland, St. Joseph Monastery in Irvington and Blessed Sacrament on Old York Road in North Baltimore.

Born Mary Teresita Mudd in Pittsburgh, she was raised in Washington and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1944. She was given the name Sister Mary Teressa and professed her vows in 1947. She earned a degree in education from St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., and a master's degree in guidance from Loyola College.

Before her 1999 retirement, she had been assistant director of development at the motherhouse, Villa Assumpta, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

She is survived by three sisters, Virginia Martinez of Pitman, N.J., Irene Leatherman of Winchester, Va., and Alice Mullican of Alexandria, Va.

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