Morris W. Rannels, 92

Schools superintendent

October 02, 2007

Morris Wolfe Rannels, the former Cecil County superintendent of schools who was later a state safety and school bus official, died in his sleep Sept. 25 at his home in Clearwater, Fla. The former Columbia resident was 92.

Born in Rowenna, Pa., he earned a teaching degree from Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pa., and had a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He taught math at Annapolis High School before serving in the Navy as a lieutenant during World War II aboard the minesweeper USS Constant in the South Pacific.

After the war, he became director of transportation for the Anne Arundel County public schools and was later Cecil County's school superintendent, a post where he oversaw construction of numerous buildings. In 1960, he was appointed coordinator of safety and pupil transportation at the Maryland State Department of Education. He retired in 1978 and later moved to Clearwater, where he enjoyed fishing.

Services were held Saturday in Glen Burnie.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Norma Alice Jensen; three sons, James Rannels of Springfield, Va., Norman Rannels of Thendara, N.Y., and Morris Wolfe Rannels Jr. of Wake Forest, N.C.; three daughters, Constance Kerr of North Olmsted, Ohio, Jo Ann Bankert of Columbia and Vickie Stofel of Monroe, Ohio; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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