Gwendolyn G. Lamont, 77, longtime city teacher

July 30, 2005

Gwendolyn G. Lamont, a retired educator who had taught in Baltimore public schools and at several area colleges, died of cancer Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 77 and lived in Ashburton.

Gwendolyn Griggsby was born in Nashville, Tenn., and later moved to Baltimore, where she graduated in 1941 from Dunbar High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1945 from Howard University, and later a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University. She remained a lifelong student of philosophy, family members said.

Mrs. Lamont began her career in the 1940s and had taught at Dunbar and Lake Clifton high schools. She had been vice principal at William H. Lemmel Middle School before returning to teaching at Edmondson High School, and spent the last six years of her career until retiring in 1985 as a faculty member at Walbrook High School.

Restless in retirement, Mrs. Lamont decided to return to teaching and directed the honors program for four years at what is now Coppin State University. From 1989 to 1993, she was a remedial tutor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

"She was a student of the world, with an appetite for knowledge and an eternal optimism that carried her through stormy weather," said her son, Alonzo D. LaMont Jr. Mrs. Lamont was married for 53 years to Alonzo D. Lamont Sr., a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and neighborhood activist, who died in 2001.

She was a communicant of New All Saints Roman Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

Surviving, in addition to her son, are a daughter, Sandra L. Butcher of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren.

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