A. Marvin Webb Jr., 62, schoolteacher, librarian

December 22, 2003

A. Marvin Webb Jr., a retired Baltimore public school teacher and librarian, died yesterday of liver failure and pneumonia at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 62.

Raised in Catonsville, he graduated from Catonsville High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1963 and began teaching elementary school in South Baltimore. In 1968, he earned a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland while continuing to teach.

"My brother soon became a librarian and went from one school to another in that responsibility," said Richard T. Webb of Parkton. "When he retired in 1993, I think he [had] worked at a dozen or more schools in Baltimore."

An energetic proponent of encouraging children to read, Mr. Webb was a recognized leader with the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award committee, a statewide organization that promotes literacy and lifelong reading habits.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 651 Frederick Road, Catonsville.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his mother, Miriam R. Webb of Baltimore; and a niece and nephew.

The family suggests donations be made to the Gilchrist Center in Towson.

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