Patrick L. Gereighty

[ Age 73 ] Baltimore City teacher

January 25, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Patrick Linus Gereighty, a retired educator, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Cheswolde home. He was 73.

Born in New Orleans, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at what is now the College of Santa Fe and a master's degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He became a member of a Roman Catholic religious order, the Christian Brothers, and was known as Brother Bartholomew Vincent. He taught in Louisiana, Colorado, Mississippi and Ohio.

He resigned from the Christian Brothers in 1976 after living in Alaska, where he taught Inuits. He moved to Baltimore in 1991 and joined the Baltimore City Department of Education. He also taught at the Woodbourne and Charles Hickey schools.

"He had a special ability for working with prisoners and students charged with sexual offenses," said his wife of nearly 27 years, Jareene Barkdoll, a retired environmental specialist with the Federal Highway Administration. "He was an adaptable and accepting person. He wasn't turned off by kids with behavior problems. He could work with all kinds of people."

This new direction included completion of a postgraduate certification in special education at Towson University.

Mr. Gereighty had an interest in American history and archaeology and was an herb gardener.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two stepdaughters, Tamara Barkdoll and Loretta O'Conner, both of Denver; four brothers, John A. Gereighty Jr., William Gereighty, Jarlath Gereighty and Gerald Gereighty, all of the New Orleans area; and a sister, Margaret Zimmer, also of New Orleans.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

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