Educator remembered as motivator

Clarksville Middle School history teacher Haddaway, who died Thursday, taught for 41 years

April 30, 2006|By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER

Marcy Leonard, principal at Atholton High School, vividly recalls being taught by Carroll Wesley Haddaway as an eighth-grader at Clarksville Middle School.

"What a passionate history educator," said Leonard, who recalled a three-day lesson that Haddaway presented on the Battle of Gettysburg. "He absolutely made the history come alive in his classroom. He truly knew how to motivate."

Leonard said she is convinced that Haddaway played a large role in her decision to become a social studies teacher.

Haddaway, an eighth-grade history teacher at Clarksville Middle who taught in the county for 41 years, died Thursday at his Sykesville home after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

Haddaway had been out this school year on extended medical leave.

A viewing and visitation will be held at Loring Byers Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, in Randallstown, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Loring Byers.

Haddaway loved to inspire students, said his wife of 28 years, Rosalind.

"He was born a storyteller," she said. "He enriched his lessons with personal tales. He never missed a day of school. He had a lot of talents."

Born in the Walbrook section of Baltimore, Haddaway graduated from Milford Mill High School in 1956.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1960 from what was then State Teachers College in Towson.

After a four-year stint in the Navy, Haddaway took a job as a ninth-grade teacher at Glenelg High School in 1964. The next year, he transferred to Clarksville Middle, and he never left.

"He loved Clarksville," said his wife. "He always wanted to be a teacher and nothing else."

In his free time, Haddaway enjoyed playing basketball, swimming, gardening and spending time with his family and grandchildren, his wife said.

He also enjoyed watching Orioles baseball and Maryland basketball.

"He was a man of integrity, honesty and responsibility," his wife said. "He was a very dependable person."

In addition to his wife, Haddaway is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Haddaway of Sykesville, William R. Brown of Elkridge and Brian Brown of Silver Spring; and two grandchildren.

Atholton High's school-based crisis team will be available tomorrow to assist students and faculty in coping with the death. Leonard encouraged students and staff to drop off cards in support of Haddaway's family at the school's student services office. Clarksville Middle is a feeder school of Atholton.

john-john.williams@baltsun.

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