Kathryn Towson, 94, city teacher

May 30, 2006

Kathryn Towson, a former teacher and reading specialist for the Baltimore public school system, died of pneumonia Friday at Bel Air Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 94.

Born in Baltimore, Kathryn Virginia Henderson attended city public schools and Maryland State Normal School, now Towson University, from which she graduated in 1931.

She taught at city elementary schools for five years and in 1936 married Charles Edward Towson, who died in September 1981. Her only child, David Towson, who lives in Bel Air, was born in 1937.

After raising her son, Mrs. Towson became a reading specialist for the Baltimore schools. She also resumed her studies, earning a bachelor's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University and completing course work for a master's degree in education at Loyola College.

Mrs. Towson lived in a house in Northwood for 59 years. The family had two champion Irish setters, her son said. She moved to Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson in 2002 and to the rehabilitation center in Bel Air in March.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 10 at Henry Jenkins and Sons funeral home, 16924 York Road, Monkton.

Mrs. Towson is survived by her son, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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