Kathleen Shah, 71

Longtime Calvert Hall English teacher was a former nun on Eastern Shore

August 03, 2007

Kathleen Long Shah, a retired Calvert Hall College High School English teacher, died of a melanoma Tuesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Homeland resident was 71.

Born Kathleen Long in the Bronx, N.Y., she earned a history degree at St. John's University.

She joined the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill and from the mid-1960s to 1973, she taught at Sts. Peter and Paul High School in Easton.

After leaving her religious order, she taught English at Calvert Hall from 1976 to 2005, when she retired. A scholarship had been established at the school in her name.

"Her greatest satisfaction was the teaching of English," said her husband of 34 years, Dr. Shirish Shah, a chemistry professor formerly on the faculties of Chesapeake College, Community College of Baltimore and the College of Notre Dame. "She celebrated literature as it related to an ever-changing society."

Mrs. Shah enjoyed travel and visited Australia, New Zealand and Wyoming. She also read and gardened.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Calvert Hall, 8102 La Salle Road in Towson.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Lawrence Shah of Anne Arbor, Mich.; three brothers, John Long of Germantown, N.Y., James Long of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Thomas Long of Orlando, Fla.

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