Carl Mauro, 88, educator and veteran of World War II

April 06, 2005|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Carl Mauro, an Anne Arundel County public schools educator and decorated World War II veteran, died Saturday of a heart attack at his daughter's Wilmington, N.C., home. The Arnold resident was 88.

Born in Bushnell's Basin, N.Y., and raised in nearby East Rochester, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brockport University before enlisting in the Army and becoming a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.

"He wore his 82nd Airborne hat wherever he went," said his son-in-law John R. Hammond, the Anne Arundel budget officer. "He was proud of his military service - as he should have been."

Dr. Mauro, who held a doctorate in education, saw combat in North Africa, Sicily, Anzio and Holland.

He was part of Operation Market Garden, an Allied effort to place troops behind German lines. In September 1944 he parachuted into the Netherlands and fought to capture a bridge over the Maas River. He was wounded seriously two weeks later at Nijmegen. He kept journals of his experiences and had recently completed a memoir.

"Every so often he would get calls from authors working on books about that part of the war," said his daughter Louise M. Hammond, an Annapolis alderwoman.

After his injury, Dr. Mauro was sent to a military hospital in Augusta, Ga., to recuperate. Despite serious injuries to his leg and feet, he exited the hospital and played 18 holes of golf on crutches.

He was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for his service during the war. For the next several years after his injury, he received treatment at military hospitals in England and the United States. He attained the rank of captain.

During his recuperation he met his future wife, Virginia May Green, whose injured brother was being treated at the same hospital as Dr. Mauro. They married June 13, 1945.

Dr. Mauro then earned a master's degree from George Washington University and a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1957.

In 1947 he began his career with Anne Arundel County public schools and served as principal at Owensville Elementary School - where he also taught the sixth grade - and at Lake Shore, Jacobsville, and Germantown elementary schools before being named a supervisor of elementary education, a position he held for many years.

In addition, Dr. Mauro taught several off-campus courses for George Washington University, University of Maryland, Towson University, and Bowie State College and also conducted workshops and seminars for various school book companies. He retired from the school system in 1980.

A gardener, Dr. Mauro frequently played golf at the Naval Academy Golf Club. He also was a member of the Military Order of World Wars.

Dr. Mauro will be buried, with his 82nd Airborne hat and full military honors, in a private family service at Arlington National Cemetery this month.

In addition to his wife and daughter, survivors include a son, Carl Mauro of Durham, N.C.; another daughter, Virginia Holland of Wilmington, N.C., with whom he was visiting when he died; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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