Theodora K. Rytina, 76, professor at Towson State

October 14, 2004

Theodora K. Rytina, who taught education and early childhood development at what is now Towson University for more than two decades, died of emphysema Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 76.

Dr. Rytina, who was a member of the Delaware tribe of American Indians, was born Theodora Randall in Borger, Okla. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1950 from the University of Oklahoma, and her master's and doctorate degrees in early childhood development from Columbia University.

She taught in elementary schools in Oklahoma City and Pomona, Calif., before joining the faculty of the old Lida Lee Tall School at Towson in 1960.

Dr. Rytina - who was known professionally as Dr. Kimsey, her name from a former marriage - began teaching at then-Towson State College in 1965. She taught early childhood development to undergraduate and graduate students until her retirement in 1989.

She enjoyed working in the rose garden of her home in the Pinehurst section of Baltimore County, and had a library of several thousand books she had collected, family members said.

Services were yesterday.

She was married in 1971 to Anthony G. Rytina, a businessman who died last year. Her earlier marriage to Alden F. Kimsey ended in divorce.

Dr. Rytina is survived by a son, Randall A. Kimsey of Butte, Mont.; a stepdaughter, Elsie R. Zaragoza of McLean, Va.; and a granddaughter.

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