Norma W. Bracy, 82

City schools librarian

May 24, 2007

Norma W. Bracy, a retired city schools librarian, died of congestive heart failure May 12 at Northwest Hospital Center. The Windsor Hills resident was 82.

Born Norma Helen Worthy in Baton Rouge, La., she earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Southern University and a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

After working as a librarian in Milwaukee and Baton Rouge, she moved to Baltimore in 1957 and became an assistant librarian and cataloger at what is now Morgan State University. In 1959, she was hired by the city school system. Mrs. Bracy worked as a librarian and media specialist at Forest Park, Dunbar and Lake Clifton high schools. She retired from Lake Clifton in 1984.

She was a past member of the Morgan Christian Center board, served as a Walters Art Museum tour leader and volunteered at the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. She belonged to the Holidays Bridge Club and Carats Social Club.

Services were held Saturday at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she was ordained an elder in 1978 and had served as board of trustees president.

Survivors include a son, Melvin Juel Humphrey Jr. of Baltimore; a granddaughter; and four great-granddaughters. Her husband of 21 years, Joseph B. Bracy, died in 1999. Her previous marriage to Melvin Juel Humphrey Sr. ended in divorce.

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