Mary R. Vincent, 98, teacher and counselor

April 08, 2005

Mary R. Vincent, a retired city elementary school teacher and substance abuse counselor, died of dementia complications Tuesday at Eastpoint Rehab and Nursing Center. The Dundalk resident was 98.

Born Mary Robinson in Salem, W.Va., she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Salem College and later attended Morgan State University and the Johns Hopkins University, among other schools.

She was a social worker in Clarksburg, W.Va., until moving to Baltimore in 1943 with her husband, Benjamin J. Vincent, a Hochschild Kohn department store supervisor. He died in 1977.

She taught at Patapsco Neck Elementary School for two years, then taught at Baltimore's John Ruhrah and William Paca elementary schools. She retired from the city school system in 1971.

She was then a family counselor at Changing Point, an Ellicott City substance abuse treatment center. She also belonged to Al-Anon, a group associated with the families of recovering alcoholics.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 23 at First Baptist Church of Dundalk, Dundalk and St. Helena avenues, where she was a member for nearly 60 years.

Survivors include a son, Richard B. Vincent of Dundalk, two grandsons and eight great-grandchildren.

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