Emma C. Hammond, 90, teacher of Latin

February 06, 2003

Emma Cawthorne Hammond, who taught Latin at several area private schools, died in her sleep Saturday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 90.

Born and raised in Tappahannock, Va., Emma Cawthorne Latane earned a bachelor's degree in Latin from Westhampton College, now part of the University of Richmond, in 1932.

She taught at schools in Westmoreland and Essex counties in Virginia before marrying W. Hollyday Hammond in 1938. Her husband, former treasurer of Cogswell Construction Co. in Baltimore, died in 2001.

Mrs. Hammond, known as "Dolly," returned to teaching in the 1950s after raising her four sons. She taught at Roland Park Country School and Friends School before joining the faculty of St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville in 1965. She retired in 1973.

"She was a sweet woman and the girls always thought so fondly of her," said Mary H. Bready, retired head of the upper school at St. Paul's. "She was so pleasant, ladylike, and gentle at a time when the girls and the faculty were struggling with women's rights. She was a role model for everybody."

A 40-year resident of Falls Road Terrace in Baltimore, she moved to Fairhaven in 1992. She was a former member of Daughters of the American Revolution, and a longtime volunteer with the Church Mission of Help, now Episcopal Community Services. She also had been a communicant of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

An avid needlepointer, Mrs. Hammond specialized in making and selling petit point rugs for dollhouses.

Services were held Tuesday.

She is survived by four sons, William Franklin Hammond of Albany, N.Y., Henry Latane Hammond of Roland Park, James Allen Hammond of Gainesville, Va., and John Brook Hammond of Mount Washington; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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