Regina Constance Claiborne, 67

Public school social worker, foster care worker

October 20, 2006

Regina Constance Claiborne, a retired public school social worker, died of cancer Sunday at her Woodlawn home. She was 67.

The Baltimore native was raised on Pulaski Street and worked as an administrative secretary for the former state Department of Motor Vehicles on Howard Street after her 1958 graduation from Douglass High School.

She held a secretarial position at the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn from 1960 to 1963, then worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington.

While working in Washington, she graduated from cosmetology school, and in the late 1960s managed Blanche's Beauty Salon, a Pulaski Street beauty parlor owned by her mother.

She was a secretary for the Civil Aeronautics Board for four years before leaving to earn her bachelor's degree in education in 1974 from what is now Coppin State University. She taught in city elementary schools from 1973 to 1980.

After earning a master's in social work from Howard University in 1976, Miss Claiborne became a social worker at Lyndhurst and Alexander Hamilton elementary schools. She retired in 2004.

Since 2004, she had been working for KidsPeace Foster Care and Family Services Center, a Columbia placement agency, preparing home studies.

"She loved children and her church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was a member of the usher board," said a sister, Renee M. Claiborne of Baltimore.

She also enjoyed traveling and taking cruises.

Miss Claiborne was a member of the Transformation Church of Jesus Christ, 5150 Baltimore National Pike, where a funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday.

Also surviving are a son, Deron Wood of Baltimore, and another sister, Ernestine B. Fitzhugh of Randallstown.

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