Sister Carmen, 89, schoolteacher, principal

February 16, 2005

Sister Carmen Atkinson, a retired principal of St. Peter Claver parochial school in West Baltimore, died of a heart attack Saturday at her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 89.

Born Dorothy Frances Ann Atkinson in Wilmington, Del., she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1932, the year she began an assignment of nearly 20 years teaching at St. Katherine of Siena parochial school in East Baltimore.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Mount St. Mary's University and a master's degree from Catholic University of America.

In 1954, Sister Carmen became principal of St. Peter Claver on North Fremont Avenue. After five years there, she taught at Catholic High School of Baltimore and Towson Catholic High School, and visited the homebound at St. Anthony's parish in Gardenville. Sister Carmen also taught in Philadelphia and Wilmington in her 57 years in the classroom.

In 1997, she retired to Assisi House in Aston, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

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