James T. McGregor, 60, Howard County principal

August 02, 2004

James Thomas McGregor, a retired principal of Glenelg High School, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Westminster home. He was 60.

He began a 24-year career with Howard County public schools in 1975 as a biology teacher at Glenelg High School. He spent much of his tenure in the school system at Glenelg High working as a coach, athletic director and assistant principal before serving as principal from 1990 until 1997.

In 1995, Glenelg received the first Sportsmanship Cup awarded by the Howard County Board of Education.

He also was principal at Atholton High School and worked on projects in the school system's central offices before retiring in 1999.

Earlier, he was an assistant principal at Centennial and Howard high schools.

Over the years, he coached football, baseball and basketball.

"His life was sports and kids," said his wife of 36 years, the former Mary E. Larkin.

Born in Dorsey, he graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1962. He earned a bachelor's degree from Mayville State College in North Dakota and, while working as a teacher in Racine, Wis., earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before returning to Maryland.

About 20 years ago, he taught adult Sunday school at Edgewood Church of the Brethren.

He was a member of the nondenominational Grace Fellowship Chapel in Westminster.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace Fellowship Chapel, 20 Bell Road, Westminster.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Scott McGregor of Sykesville; two daughters, Nichole Ballard of New Windsor and Terah McGregor of Arnold; a brother, David McGregor of New Windsor; half-brothers Kenneth Price of Baltimore, Larry Price of Ocala, Fla., and Michael Price of Glen Burnie; a half-sister, Lisa Price of West Virginia; two granddaughters; and one grandson.

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