Gwendolyn B. Stewart, 84

English teacher in city

February 22, 2007

Gwendolyn Brooks Stewart, a retired Baltimore high school English teacher and newspaper adviser, died Feb. 15 of pneumonia at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 84.

Born Lillian Gwendolyn Costen in Waterbury, Conn., she was raised in Washington, where she graduated from the old Miner Teachers College and earned a master's degree in English from Howard University. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She moved to Baltimore and taught at Booker T. Washington Junior High School and later Frederick Douglass High School, where she was faculty adviser of the Douglass Courier student newspaper. She taught journalism and English, and was a supervising teacher for student teachers.

In the late 1970s, she was assigned to Forest Park High School and coordinated an urban studies program that linked the high school with what is now Morgan State University. She retired in 1982.

She was a member of the Madison Avenue YWCA and served on its boards.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 2300 W. Lafayette Ave., where she was a communicant.

Survivors include a son, Stewart A. Brooks Jr. of Rosedale, and two grandchildren. Her husband of nearly 20 years, Aaron Stewart, died in 1999. Her marriage to Stewart A. Brooks Sr. ended in divorce.

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