Catherine Griffin, 73

City schoolteacher

February 11, 2007

Catherine Gordon Griffin, a retired Baltimore teacher who came from a family of city educators, died Feb. 3 of a heart attack at her home in Park Heights. She was 73.

Born Catherine Gordon in Lumberton, N.C., and raised on Etting Street, she was a 1951 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

She earned an education degree from what is now Coppin State University, where she was junior and senior class president and held the post of supreme justice of its Honor Court.

She earned a master's degree in education from Morgan State University and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

She was married to Charles Griffin, who died in 1984.

Like all three of her sisters, Mrs. Griffin was a Baltimore City public school teacher, a job she loved, said sister Delores G. Hobbs of Park Heights. Mrs. Griffin taught third grade and became a supervisor of other teachers, Mrs. Hobbs said.

After teaching for 35 years, Mrs. Griffin retired in 1995, her sister said, but remained a mentor to new teachers.

Mrs. Griffin and her siblings were members of the Sharp Street United Methodist Church. Services were held Friday.

Survivors include a son, Joseph C. Griffin of Baltimore; a daughter, Dr. Leslie C. Griffin-Pettaway of Pikesville; a brother, James A. Gordon of Pikesville; two other sisters, Edith S. Gordon and Lenora G. Knox, both of Park Heights; two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

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