Margaret 'Raine' Dugger, first-grade teacher in city

December 03, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Margaret Lorraine "Raine" Dugger, a retired city first-grade teacher who lived in Ashburton for two decades, died Nov. 26 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 86.

Margaret Lorraine Whyte was born in Baltimore and raised in the 200 block of Etting St. in West Baltimore.

After graduating in 1940 from Douglass High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from what was then Coppin Teachers College, located on Mount Street. In 1965, she earned a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Dugger, who was known as "Raine," began teaching in 1948 and spent most of her 30-year career at James Mosher Elementary School before retiring in 1978.

She had lived during the 1970s and 1980s at Harper House condominiums in Cross Keys before moving to Ellamont Road. For the past year, she had lived at Emerald Estates, a Northwest Baltimore assisted-living facility.

Mrs. Dugger was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and several social clubs, some of which included the Eight is Enough Club and Saturday Evening Eating Society.

She was an avid pinochle player and was a member of two card clubs, the Peepers and Pipers and the Sans Souci Pinochle Club.

She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Her husband of 35 years, Milton A. Dugger Sr., who had been dean of community service at the Community College of Baltimore, died in 1992.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave.

Surviving are two sons, Milton A. Dugger Jr. and Charles Dugger, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Denise Dugger Thornton of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Another son, James Dugger, died in 1993. An earlier marriage to Chester Northington ended in divorce.

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