Mary E. Hackman, 86, teacher at city schools

March 03, 2003

Mary E. Hackman, a retired teacher and resident of Baltimore's Oakenshawe community, died Friday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 86.

She was a longtime English and Latin teacher at Hamilton and Roland Park junior high schools and at Southern High School.

Mary Neunan was born in Philadelphia and was the oldest of four children. She completed high school at Villa Maria Academy in Green Tree, outside Philadelphia.

She attended Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa., on a full scholarship, and earned a bachelor of arts degree with honors in 1937.

She moved to Baltimore upon graduation and worked as a social worker for the city's Department of Welfare for four years. During World War II, she worked as a supervisor for the U.S. Employment Service in Baltimore, helping to manage job placements.

In 1943, she married Harold E. Hackman. After staying home to raise her family, she began a 21-year teaching career in 1958. Upon retirement, she volunteered at the Over-Sixty Employment Agency.

The Hackmans had lived in Oakenshawe since 1965.

Mrs. Hackman enjoyed shopping at the city's department stores, traveling and family activities.

She was a parishioner of two Roman Catholic churches, the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and SS. Philip and James.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Eileen M. Norton, and a son, Mark T. Hackman, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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