Anna E. Cullinan, 101, taught kindergarten for 43 years

August 29, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Anna E. Cullinan, who taught kindergarten in Baltimore public schools for more than four decades, died of pneumonia Saturday at Ellicott City Health and Rehabilitation Center. The former longtime Catonsville resident was 101.

Miss Cullinan was born in Baltimore and raised in her family's home in the 1900 block of W. Lanvale St. She was a 1921 graduate of Western High School.

She was a graduate of Maryland State Normal School, then on Carrollton Avenue in Lafayette Square.

Miss Cullinan taught pupils for 43 years in city schools, spending the last eight years of her career at Lyndhurst Elementary School, where she retired in 1965.

"She loved children and they loved her. She did an excellent job as a teacher and had a great rapport with them," said Elizabeth S. "Dolle" Brown, a friend for more than 50 years.

"She had taught so long that she was teaching the children of former students. When she turned 100, she got lots of cards from them," Ms. Brown said.

In the more than 40 years since her retirement, Miss Cullinan had traveled extensively with several teacher friends. She also enjoyed attending the theater, opera and symphony.

"She drove her car until she was in her late 80s and lived independently until she was 91, when she moved to an apartment at an assisted living-facility," Ms. Brown said.

"While watching the Preakness three years ago, she fell and broke a hip and had to move to the health and rehabilitation center. However, she was still in full possession of her faculties, had a lucid memory, and was a great conversationalist.

"Anna was feisty, strong-willed, and totally competent. She didn't like following rules and liked doing things her own way. Last week, she got angry with me because I had to cancel lunch and go to New York City. She wanted to go with me."

She financially supported the Milford Mill United Methodist Church, Red Cross, Boys Town, American Cancer Society and United Spinal Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home, 1603 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

There are no survivors.

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