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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | September 9, 1993
Students returned to Roland Park Country School this week to find all the windows in the main entrance boarded up and dust billowing from a giant ditch in the back field.Amid the unexpected construction, they also discovered its rewards -- new locker rooms, a fitness center and the promise of modern science labs by winter.The private, all-girls academy is in the midst of a $6 million expansion and renovation to cope with a modest enrollment boom.At the same time, the 92-year-old school is broadening its fine arts curriculum.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
Mary D. Eddinger, a retired educator who had been a learning specialist and resource teacher at Roland Park Country School for nearly three decades, died Tuesday of dementia at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 76. "Mary was the most loving and kind teacher I've probably ever known. She was just wonderful," said Jean Waller Brune, who has been head of school at Roland Park Country since 1992. "She worked with kids who needed help in reading and study skills, and she helped them develop confidence in themselves," said Ms. Brune.
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May 18, 2007
Ruth Dillon Brock, a retired history teacher, died of congestive heart failure Friday at the Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville. The former Village of Cross Keys resident was 83. Born Ruth Dillon in Atlanta, she earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Georgia and wrote a column on life amid the war effort for the Atlanta Constitution in the 1940s. She married Pope Furman Brock in 1948 and moved to Baltimore, where she raised their three children and for 20 years taught European and Russian history at Roland Park Country School.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | November 22, 2013
Roland Park Country School has received permission from the Baltimore City Public Schools to open a public charter school for middle school girls in 2015. Roland Park Country, a girls school, is believed to be the first private school in the nation to win approval for a public charter school, although several schools in Hawaii are trying, Roland Park Country School spokeswoman Nancy Mugele said. The charter school, to be named for Lillie May Carroll Jackson, a civil rights pioneer and early leader of the NAACP in Baltimore, is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2005
Marion B. Van Kleeck, a retired Roland Park Country School elementary teacher known for her warm and welcoming demeanor during her more than two-decade career there, died Monday at her Murray Hill home where she was recuperating from hip surgery. She was 78. She was born Marion Dushane Penniman Barker in Baltimore and raised in the Poplar Hill section of Roland Park. She was a 1945 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon. After earning a bachelor's degree at Wellesley College in 1949, she returned to Baltimore and joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr, where she taught until 1959.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
In Nancy Theobold Wehr's younger days, single-sex education for girls was just coming into vogue. Women's colleges had cropped up all over the East, and private institutions such as Roland Park Country School were founded as proper places for the city's wealthier set in a new "country" suburb to prepare their daughters for the rigors of college. Wehr was in the school's vanguard, enrolling at age 6. When Roland Park Country School celebrates its centennial with a parade Saturday, Wehr, 97, will be in the lead as the school's oldest living alumna.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1999
Nerves of steel, that's what Judy Waters demands of students she chooses for Roland Park Country School's holiday tableaux."We don't talk about being nervous because we're not allowed to have that," said Waters, who has taught art at the private girls' school for 41 years. She also directs the tableaux, a 70-year-old tradition, in which students pose in elaborate costumes to re-create paintings and sculptures that tell the Christmas story."They learn fast, they'd better," said Waters, a 1950 graduate of the school, who tells performers to stay loose before they pose.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1997
At Eddie's Supermarket in Roland Park yesterday, customers and employees went about their chores, unaware that there had just been a major shift in the neighborhood cosmos.Bobbing above the bananas and the Freeze 'n Dip chocolate-flavored coating kits in the produce section was a diminutive purple planet: Pluto. Tiny astronomers from neighboring Roland Park Country School had hung it there, suddenly altering Eddie's status from the center of the Roland Park universe to the fringe of the solar system.
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February 8, 2004
Emily Province Mink, daughter of Thomas Mink of Ruxton, MD and Sallie Mink, of Ruxton, and David Jerome Frank, son of Jerome John Frank and the late Mary Jane Spigelmire Frank, were married at Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore, MD on September 20, 2003. Father Michael Wallens officiated and a reception followed at The Maryland Club. The maid of honor was Lindsay Walker. Bridesmaids were Anne Chemers, Eleanor Cordi, Cameron Proctor, Rachel Reily Della-Croce, Elizabeth Frank Kohart, sister of the groom, Maggie Shoemaker and Liza Shoemaker, stepsisters of the bride.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | February 15, 1994
Eleanor P. Graham, who taught at Roland Park Country School for 41 years, died Feb. 6 of heart failure at the Keswick Home, where she had been a resident since 1987.She was 94.Miss Graham taught math and science to generations of students before her retirement in 1965."She was a teacher who always had time for her students," recalled Jean Waller Brune, headmistress of Roland Park Country School, who was in the school's class of 1960. "I went to her for math help every morning and afternoon, and she was always cheerful and helpful.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Lillian N. Conklin, a former admissions director at Roland Park Country School and St. Paul's School for Girls who was known for her warmth and sense of humor, died June 14 of colitis at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 85. "Not only was Lil the mother of two alumnae and the devoted grandmother of an alumna, but I often heard from my predecessor, the late Anne Healy, headmistress from 1950 to 1975, that Lil was indispensable to her and that her warmth and professionalism were greatly treasured," said Jean Waller Brune, head of Roland Park Country School.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 18, 2013
Roland Park Country School graduate Jocelyn Young-Hyman, who is now a Peace Corps volunteer, has big plans for the money raised Thursday by her alma mater in its annual All-School Walk. Young-Hyman, a 2007graduate of the all-girls school on Roland Avenue, is assigned to work at Kichakamkwaju School For The Deaf, in Kenya. On April 1, she emailed Roland Park Country School Upper School Head Ereni Malfa, asking for help in raising money for art supplies and academic games. "My school is an extremely poor school with absolutely no resources or parents who can support their children," she wrote.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2013
R. Lucille Eliasberg, a former executive assistant at the Roland Park Country School who was known equally for her charm and toughness, will be remembered Saturday at the school where her daughter and granddaughter followed her. Ms. Eliasberg died of age-related issues Wednesday at Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 93. "She was a woman to admire for her courage, spunk and character, but the message in her eye and her bearing was unmistakable: offend at your peril," said her oldest son, Richard R. Jones, 62, president of PCA, a graphics company in Timonium.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2013
Andree W. Williams, a former Roland Park Country School educator and a gardener, died Jan. 30 of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 89. Andree Louise Wood was born and raised in Fort Thomas, Ky., where she graduated from high school. She attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. In 1944, she married Samuel C. Williams Sr., an educator, who moved in 1957 to St. Paul's School. The couple lived on the school's Brooklandville campus until moving to Ruxton in the mid-1960s.
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November 15, 2012
A slew of area senior athletes made official college commitments Nov. 14 at their respective schools. Included in the list are Roland Park Country School's Emma Guarino (University of Michigan), Erika Brager (Jacksonville University) and Haley Hauser (Bucknell University). Towson High's Sam Stark (Millersville University), Hannah Hicklen (University of Cinncinatti) and Sara Beach (Michigan) are also among the elite. As are Calvert Hall's Stephen Kelly (University of North Carolina)
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April 26, 2012
In an effort to "shine a light on solar energy," Roland Park Country School staged a "Solarbration" on April 22 to pay tribute to Earth Day and the school's own stewardship of the environment. "We celebrated our partial conversion to solar energy and the importance of renewable energy in protecting our own health and the health of all living things," school spokeswoman Nancy Mugele said. For more than a decade, Roland Park Country School has been looking for ways to increase and improve environmental sustainability, Mugele said.
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November 27, 1990
Margareta A. Faissler, 88, retired head of the history department at the Roland Park Country School, died Nov. 11 at the Fairhaven retirement community after a long illness.A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, 816 N. Eutaw St.Miss Faissler retired in 1967 as head of the history department after teaching at the Roland Park Country School for 31 years, said Elizabeth Murphy, director of alumni affairs. Many graduates said they went on to study history because of Miss Faissler.
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November 12, 2006
Tamara Ann Passano, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Magruder Passano, Jr. of Baltimore, was wed to Justin Adam Wiggs, son of Mr. Glenn Kirby Wiggs of Frederick, MD, & Ms. Barbara Smeak Wiggs of Kitty Hawk, NC, on Nov. 4. The bride attended both the Calvert School & the Roland Park Country School, before graduating cum laude from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in finance. She is a vice president in the US Cash Equity Trading division of Merrill Lynch in New York. Her father is president and chief executive officer of One Waverly, a private consulting company, and is chairman of the Passano foundation.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2011
Anne Healy, a visionary educator who as headmistress led the way in integrating Roland Park Country School and oversaw its transition into the computer age, died Wednesday afternoon of post-polio syndrome at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Guilford resident was 97. "Inclusion, technology and academics were always at the top of her mind," said Jean Waller Brune, who was a member of the RPCS Class of 1960 and has been head of the school since 1992. "She was a remarkable woman, educator and leader who always had great humility in her heart.
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