Eugene Munnelly, teacher and headmaster

March 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Eugene McLean Munnelly, a retired educator who taught at schools in Salisbury and Towson during a career that spanned nearly 50 years, died March 13 of congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 80.

Mr. Munnelly, the son of a construction worker and a homemaker, was born and raised in New York City.

He served in the Navy from 1948 to 1949, and earned a bachelor's degree from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., in 1954.

He earned a master's degree in 1965 from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and a second master's in behavioral counseling in 1985 from the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Munnelly taught at St. David's School in New York City from 1956 to 1958. He was on the faculty of the Whitby School in Greenwich, Conn., where he taught English and history from 1960 to 1969.

In 1970, he moved to Salisbury, where he was the founding headmaster for 14 years of the Salisbury School.

It was Mr. Munnelly's custom during his years at the Salisbury School to personally greet each student with a good-morning handshake as they entered school.

He moved to Towson in 1985, where he taught for 14 years until retiring in 1998 from the Forbush School of Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

Mr. Munnelly enjoyed reading and was "passionate about education and history," said his daughter, Alexandra Munnelly Chrostowski of Moorestown, N.J.

A private memorial Mass will be held for Mr. Munnelly, who left his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

Also surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Michele Pourtale; two brothers, James Munnelly of East Northport, N.Y., and Kevin Munnelly of Merrick, N.Y.; and three grandsons.

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