Dr. Gloria Lea Bledsoe, a retired Baltimore County guidance counselor who established an Oldfields School early-childhood education program, died of cancer May 30 at Glen Meadows Assisted Living. She was 85 and lived in Towson for many years.
Born Gloria Lea Whittle in Baltimore and raised on LaPaix Lane, she was a 1945 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.
After raising her family, she began teaching at Oldfields School in 1979. She established a nursery school along with an early-childhood education program, family members said.
In 1982, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame University of Maryland. She received a master's degree from Towson University and a doctorate from Union University. She studied the difference between right- and left-brain learning methods.