Cottman, Ethel Stewart

March 20, 2003

ETHEL STEWART COTTMAN, retired Maryland educator and noted teacher in Somerset County Schools for 39 years, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at Atria Assisted Living Center, in Salisbury. She was 89. Born January 16, 1914, in Concord, DE, as Bertha Mae Ethel Stewart. She was affectionately called Ethel S, Miss Cottie, or Sweet Mom. She was the daughter of Elmer Kirkwood Stewart and Hattie Matthews Stewart. Her career as an English, Psychology, and Journalism instructor in Somerset County Schools at Greenwood, Somerset and Washington High Schools were distinguished with nationally recognized awards of achievement for journalism and other periodicals. During her tenure as advisor, student newspapers at Somerset and Washington were propelled to national acclaim. Both papers were member of the Maryland Scholastic Press Association and the International Quill and Scroll. In 1962, she was a Wall Street Journal Fellow, at the University of Rhode Island. She taught English and methods of teaching English, at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, in Princess Anne and was a consultant at what are now Bowie State University and Morgan State University. She was chairperson for evaluation of English at Mardela and James M. Bennett High Schools for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Mrs. Cottman was graduated from what is now Delaware State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, in 1936. She earned a Masters equivalent at Temple University. She also studied at Salisbury State University and the University of Rhode Island. She was a founding member of the Delta Sigma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was very involved in church, community and civic activities. She was a long time member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church, where she served as chair of the Administrative Board and of Christian Education. She was a past worthy matron of Starlight Chapter of the Eastern Star. Her professional affiliations included the Maryland and Somerset County Retired Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Also, she was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Mrs. Cottman was married to Kermit Atlee Cottman on June 19, 1963. Besides her husband, survivers include their children, Kerlan Cottman Morgan and her husband Windsor, of Baltimore, MD and Kirkwood Cottman and his wife Linda, of Akron, OH. Her eight grandchildren are Dr. Windsor A. Morgan, Jr. and his wife Dr. Amy Winans, of Harrisburg, PA, Dr. Michael C. Morgan, of Madison, WI, Martha Ethel Morgan, of Tucson, AZ and her husband Touhami El Onache, Kendra Cottman White and her husband Eric, of Akron, OH, Karin Lin Cottman, of Akron, OH, Stewart Kermit Morgan, of Port Jefferson, NY, Ethel Morgan, of Takoma Park, MD, and Kirkwood Kermit Cottman, of Akron, OH. A viewing will be held Friday, from 6 to 8 P.M, at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, in Princess Anne. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, at 11 A.M., at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Performance Art Center, in Princess Anne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Metropolitan United Methodist Church-Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 361, Princess Anne, MD 21853.

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