Warren A. Ledford, 84, city schools guidance counselor

August 11, 2006

Warren Allison Ledford, a retired Baltimore public schools guidance counselor and teacher, died of complications related to prostate cancer Monday at his Perry Hall home. He was 84.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1939 graduate of Gaithersburg High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1943 from what was then Western Maryland College and a master's degree in education in 1952 from the Johns Hopkins University.

Before beginning his teaching career, Mr. Ledford was an occupational counselor for the Army and a metallurgist at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant.

He taught fifth grade in Baltimore public schools from 1948 to 1959, then was a guidance counselor at Edmondson-Westside and Northern high schools and Polytechnic Institute. He retired in 1981.

Among other volunteer stints after his retirement, Mr. Ledford was a guide at the Top of the World, the observation level at Baltimore's World Trade Center, and visited residents at the Bonnie Blink retirement home in Cockeysville.

An avid golfer since his college days, Mr. Ledford recorded a hole-in-one at Longview Golf Course in 1987.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Betty Bryant; a son, David Ledford of Catonsville; and a daughter, Brenda Wilson of Lutherville.

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