Fletcher, Charlotte Goldsborough

April 09, 2006

CHARLOTTE GOLDSBOROUGH FLETCHER, 90 former librarian of St. John's College, Annapolis, died of pneumonia on Wednesday March 29, 2006 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. Miss Fletcher was born in Cambridge, MD on December 11, 1915 and was a daughter of the late Frederick Higgins and Mary Yerbury Henry Fletcher. She attended public schools in Cambridge, earned her BA in 1935 from what was then Hollins College and a BS in Library Science from Columbia University in 1939. In 1969 she was awarded an MA Atrium Honori Causa from St. John's. Following graduation from Hollins, Miss Fletcher worked as a librarian for 45 years. After several years at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore she served for three years as Librarian of the Talbot County Free Library. In July of 1944 she began 36 years at the St. John's College Library, Annapolis. She retired in 1980. Miss Fletcher was the author of numerous articles on Maryland History and on the history of St. John's College including, in her retirement, five essays entitled St. John's Forever. In 2002 her book Cato's Mirania: A Life of Provost Smith was published by the University Press of America. Historian Arthur Pierce Middleton wrote that Miss Fletcher's terse and well-documented book should go far to restore (William Smith) to his rightful place in the panoply of our founding fathers.' Miss Fletcher traveled widely with her sister, the late Mary Henry Fletcher, as well as with groups from Hollins and with Elder Hostel. At the time of her death she was planning another trip to Europe and writing a second book, a collection of short stories. A talented watercolorist, she was a member of the Annapolis Watercolor Society and the Maryland Federation of Art. She was also an avid gardener who delighted in sharing both her knowledge and her plants. She was a member of the Maryland Historical Society, The Caritas Society and St. Anne's Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday April 11th. Interment will be on the following day, Wednesday April 12th at 11:00 A.M. at Christ Episcopal Churchyard in Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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