Patricia R. Merriman, 74, schools administrator

December 11, 2003

Patricia R. Merriman, a retired Baltimore County schools administrator who was coordinator of its gifted and talented program, died Dec. 4 of a neurological disorder at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 74.

Born Patricia Shapard Rankin in Chicago, she earned a degree in English and drama from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. She also earned a master's degree from Loyola College.

In the early 1960s, she began teaching third grade at Franklin Elementary School in Reisterstown, and later taught at Perry Hall Elementary. For six years, she was host of a WBAL television show for the school system, This Week's News.

In 1977, she became coordinator of the gifted and talented program, a post she held until her retirement in 1992.

Services were held Monday at Towson's Central Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon and belonged to the Chapel Players, a theater performance group.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Marc Merriman of Fallston; a daughter, Kellie Beth Merriman Beaver of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Roberta Draa of Decatur, Ga.; and four grandchildren. Her marriage of 20 years to William R. Merriman ended in divorce.

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