Peggy C. Golden, 65, educator

April 15, 2006

Peggy C. Golden, an educator for more than three decades who taught in the Baltimore City and county public school systems before joining the Loyola College faculty, died of cancer April 8 at her Ellicott City home. She was 65.

Born Peggy Marie Cornish in Cambridge, she graduated from Mace's Lane High School. She was an honor student and had perfect attendance for 12 years in Cambridge schools, family members said.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University and a master's degree from Loyola College. She earned a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994. Her dissertation was titled "An Analysis of the Relationship between the Mathematics Achievement and the Mathematics Course Participation of African-American Students in a Suburban School District."

During the first 12 years of Dr. Golden's teaching career, she taught at Booker T. Washington Junior High School, Herring Run Junior High School, Forest Park High School and Walbrook High School. In 1974, she began teaching in the Baltimore County school system.

She taught at Perry Hall Senior High School and Owings Mills High School. In 1978, she was named social studies department chairwoman at Catonsville High School.

"She was stern but fair, and she enjoyed teaching," said her husband of 43 years, the Rev. Bill Golden. "She had a sensitivity and a consistency along with compassion."

Dr. Golden was also assigned to the Baltimore County Public Schools' Office of Minority Education and the Department of Research at its headquarters. At her 1995 retirement, she was assistant deputy superintendent in the Division of Special Services.

She then joined Loyola College as coordinator of the Professional Development School, later serving as a director of graduate studies. She was also an assistant professor in the education department.

In her free time, Dr. Golden traveled widely.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pine Street in Cambridge.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Keith Lamont Golden of Ellicott City; two brothers, James Cornish and Larry Cornish, both of Cambridge; and two sisters, Guinervere Banks of Cambridge, and Barbara Sampson of East New Market.

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