Antonie Eleanor Purdy, 81, assistant school principal

July 12, 2004

Antonie Eleanor Purdy, a retired assistant school principal who worked in the city and Baltimore County, died July 5 of respiratory failure at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. The Windsor Hills resident was 81.

Born Antonie Eleanor Valentine in Baltimore and raised on Edmondson Avenue, she was a 1940 Frederick Douglass High School honors graduate. She earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Coppin University and a master's degree from New York University. She also studied at Morgan State University, Loyola College and the Johns Hopkins University.

She taught in local schools, including Charles Carroll of Carrollton on Central Avenue and Mount Royal Elementary in Bolton Hill, for 33 years before her 1980 retirement. Named assistant principal at Hilton Elementary School in Northwest Baltimore in 1972, she later held the same position at Rosedale Elementary School in Rosedale.

She enjoyed travel, classical music and jazz, caring for her dogs, and entertaining friends and family.

Her husband of 26 years, James H. "Rip" Purdy, who owned a business named for her, Eleanor's Dress Boutique on Edmondson Avenue, died in 1968.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn, where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, James P. "Jackie" Purdy of Baltimore; a sister, Georgia V. Davis, also of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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