James Edward Long, longtime Harford educator

January 07, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

James Edward Long, a retired Harford County parochial school educator and neighborhood activist, died Thursday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 75.

Mr. Long was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. He was a 1951 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Loyola College in 1955.

In 1961, he earned a master's degree in mathematics from Bowdoin College and a master's degree in theology from St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore.

Mr. Long went to work in 1964 at the John Carroll School in Bel Air, where he was subsequently chairman of the math department, academic vice principal and religion instructor. He also established the school's modular scheduling system, lacrosse program and annual alumni lacrosse game. He retired in 1999.

Mr. Long was a daily communicant at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air.

Mr. Long was active in many community organizations and "enjoyed mentoring young people, and was always ready to help others in a quiet way," family members said.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at his church yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Elizabeth Lacey; three sons, James Edward Long Jr. of London, William Joseph Long of Hillsborough, Calif., and Peter Vincent Long of Palo Alto, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Lacey Wolfe of San Francisco; two brothers, John Long of Waban, Mass., and William A. Long of Baltimore; three sisters, Helen Regina Reymann of Catonsville, Sister Mary Regina Long, G.S.S. of Halethorpe and Anne Nevin of Westminster; and 11 grandchildren.

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