Ruby E. Garrett, 78, teacher in city public schools

April 18, 2006

Ruby E. Garrett, a retired Baltimore public school educator who stressed the importance of a college education to her students, died of heart failure Wednesday at her Lochearn home. She was 78.

She was born and raised Ruby Edith Tobias in Newberry County, South Carolina.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business education in 1953 from Allen University in Columbia, S.C., came to Baltimore in 1954 and began teaching adults in the city schools' Concentrated Employment Program, which was in the old Polytechnic Institute on North Avenue.

In 1968, she joined the Patterson Senior High School faculty, teaching business education courses until she retired in 1991.

""She loved her students and stayed on them all the time. She wanted them to make something of themselves," said Wynola Woody Cunningham, a longtime friend who retired as principal of the Waverly Career Center.

Mrs. Garrett was married for 39 years to Robert Garrett, a retired Bethlehem Steel foreman, who died in 2005.

She enjoyed caring for her house plants and collecting ceramic elephants.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road.

She is survived by a sister, Mildred Davis of Columbia, S.C.

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