Mary J. Rossworm, 79, supervisor of schools

March 26, 2004

Mary J. Rossworm, a former supervisor of junior high schools for Anne Arundel County, died of emphysema March 19 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 79.

Born Mary Jones, the Baltimore native was a 1941 graduate of Catonsville High School. In 1945, she graduated from what is now Towson University. In the early 1950s, she earned a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland, College Park and joined the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society there.

She began teaching English at what was then Catonsville Junior High, went on to teach at Arbutus and Johnnycake junior highs, and became chairwoman of the English department at Catonsville High School.

She married George V. Rossworm, a Cumberland native and fellow Catonsville teacher, in 1958. The couple moved from Catonsville to Crownsville when they took jobs in Anne Arundel County. Her husband died in 1977.

Mrs. Rossworm was supervisor of Anne Arundel's junior high schools from 1960 to 1977.

In 1980, she moved to Ocean City, where she enjoyed nature walks and oil painting. She moved to Charlestown in 1989, and served as parish council president, lector and Eucharistic minister for its Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community.

Services were held yesterday.

Mrs. Rossworm is survived by her sister, Jeannette Clopper of Catonsville.

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