Georgianna H. Price, 72, teacher, children's librarian

July 11, 2006|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER

Georgianna H. Price, an outgoing and friendly librarian who enjoyed sharing her love of reading with children, died of congestive heart failure July 4 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Columbia resident was 72.

She was born Georgianna Hunter in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of a college chemistry professor, and graduated from high school in Hampton, Va.

In 1955, she married Army officer George B. Price, who during a 28-year career attained the rank of brigadier general and moved his family numerous times.

"She raised our four children while moving more than 18 times, both in this country and overseas. She was active in every aspect of the military family life support system and enjoyed helping young wives adjust," said General Price, who retired in 1978.

"She was a superb listener and inspired confidence in others," he said. "She was commended by the Army Community Service and the American Red Cross for her volunteer work while assigned overseas."

While her husband was serving in Vietnam, Mrs. Price earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1963 from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg and began teaching in District of Columbia public schools.

Mrs. Price began working as a children's librarian for the Howard County Central Library in 1983. For the next 22 years, until her retirement, she became a powerful influence in getting children used to the joys of reading.

"Georgianna was just wonderful and an expert when it came to the children's program. She was soft-spoken, beautifully dressed and very gracious," said library colleague Maggie Smith.

Another of Mrs. Price's tasks was organizing the library's children's storytelling program and Grandparents Program, in which senior citizens volunteered to read to children visiting the library.

"She was a very grandmotherly figure, and both parents and children thought of her as a surrogate grandparent," said Tanis F. Hadley, a children's library associate for the county system. "What made Georgianna so successful was that she loved children and people. Her voice always reflected her enthusiasm and love of books."

Mrs. Price, who read widely, enjoyed getting books she thought should be read into the hands of her husband, children and grandchildren.

"That was her hobby, making sure we were reading good books. She was my Cliff Notes. If I asked her about a book, she'd discuss it and give me a complete rundown. I learned a lot listening to her," her husband said.

Mrs. Price's other hobbies were collecting music, writing and travel.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Also surviving are three sons, James A. Price of Whiteford, William D. Price of Columbia and Robert E. Price of Ellicott City; a daughter, Katherine E. Dukes of Gaffney, S.C.; her mother, Anna DeCosta Hunter of Columbia; a brother, George W. Hunter Jr. of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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