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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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October 13, 2014
To lend our support to girls' education globally, Roland Park Country School salutes the United Nations' International Day of the Girl, which recognizes girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face, especially in education. This week also marks six months since 273 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped, and they have not yet been returned to their families. And on Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, 17, the youngest person ever to win the prize. Malala is the Pakistani teenager and education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus two years ago for speaking up for girls' education.
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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 Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The rigor required to create a Nantucket lightship basket puts the lie to any cheap jokes about learning the craft. “If these baskets are made perfectly,” says Leslie Goldsmith, “they should be able to hold water.” Consumers today associate the baskets “with the oval purses and a lid,” Goldsmith says. But she and her fellow weavers in the Nantucket Basket Guild are drawn to the historical legacy and precision of the craft. “These baskets are made the same way sailors made them in the 1800s,” she says.
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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 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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October 13, 2014
To lend our support to girls' education globally, Roland Park Country School salutes the United Nations' International Day of the Girl, which recognizes girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face, especially in education. This week also marks six months since 273 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped, and they have not yet been returned to their families. And on Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, 17, the youngest person ever to win the prize. Malala is the Pakistani teenager and education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus two years ago for speaking up for girls' education.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The rigor required to create a Nantucket lightship basket puts the lie to any cheap jokes about learning the craft. “If these baskets are made perfectly,” says Leslie Goldsmith, “they should be able to hold water.” Consumers today associate the baskets “with the oval purses and a lid,” Goldsmith says. But she and her fellow weavers in the Nantucket Basket Guild are drawn to the historical legacy and precision of the craft. “These baskets are made the same way sailors made them in the 1800s,” she says.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Jane O. Emich, an outstanding Maryland golfer who during her more than 60-year career won numerous state and regional titles, died May 20 of respiratory failure at her home in the Brightwood retirement community. She was 95. "Jane Emich was not only a great golfer, one of the best ever in Maryland, she was a gracious lady who by her kind and selfless demeanor enriched the game of golf in Maryland and widely beyond," said Jack R. Palmer, former president of the Baltimore Country Club and chairman of the PGA Players Championship held at the club in 2007 and 2009.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 30, 2011
Elizabeth Douglas Miller, a homemaker and volunteer, died of heart failure Sept. 18 at her daughter's Pompano Beach, Fla., home. She was 94 and lived in Pinehurst. Born Elizabeth Townsend Douglas in Baltimore and raised on Cloverhill Road in Tuscany-Canterbury, she was a 1934 Roland Park Country School graduate. She married J. Beverly Miller, a co-founder of the Graymar Co., a business machine firm on St. Paul Street in Charles Village. Mrs. Miller lived for many years on Bellona Avenue, where she raised her five children.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
It was important to look your best. After all, The Beatles were in town. Today, it's hard to believe such things were important. But for four 15-year-old girls from Highlandtown, preparing to head into downtown Baltimore for a rock concert, such matters were vital. Who knew what could happen? "In my mind, I thought for sure that Paul's gonna love me, he's gonna see me - in my little-girl fantasies, he'll know that eventually he'll marry me," explains Judy Comotto, now 65 and recently retired from running the continuing education program at Roland Park Country School , then 15 and, as Judy Troch , a star-struck teen totally in love with The Beatles.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore children's book author Elisabeth Dahl used to walk two or three miles just so she could hang out at the Library of Congress, reveling in the Paris Opera House style-architecture, the 23-karat gold-plated dome and the breathtakingly extensive archives that includes the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson. Dahl married a librarian who works now at Towson University, and the couple celebrated their wedding in the Enoch Pratt Free Library . So 45-year-old writer couldn't be more thrilled that her first published book, a children's novel called "Genie Wishes," was chosen to represent the State of Maryland at the 14 t h annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday.
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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Date: June 7 Her story: Anna Scanlan, 26, grew up in Timonium. She is a labor and delivery nurse at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Rosedale and is working toward a master's degree in nursing education at Towson University. Her mother, Mary Scanlan, lives in Timonium. Her father, Al Scanlan, lives in Silver Spring. His story: Dave Swift, 32, grew up in Stoneleigh. He works with his two brothers for their uncle's custom home company, Southfen Inc., based in Whitehall.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Jane O. Emich, an outstanding Maryland golfer who during her more than 60-year career won numerous state and regional titles, died May 20 of respiratory failure at her home in the Brightwood retirement community. She was 95. "Jane Emich was not only a great golfer, one of the best ever in Maryland, she was a gracious lady who by her kind and selfless demeanor enriched the game of golf in Maryland and widely beyond," said Jack R. Palmer, former president of the Baltimore Country Club and chairman of the PGA Players Championship held at the club in 2007 and 2009.
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May 22, 2014
As a Nigerian student who received most of her education there, it is soothing to hear what others are doing to show sympathy and spread awareness for this crisis. I was particularly interested when I learned that Roland Park Country School participated in the "Bring back our girls" movement and campaign several weeks ago ( "Bring back our girls," May 8). The support goes a long way, as it is substantial for the country and the mothers to understand that they are not alone. As a girl who attends St. Timothy's School, an all-girls boarding school in Baltimore County, I have been opened to so much knowledge and diversification and I've seen the importance of education.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Leonard A. Siems, founder of Siems Rental & Sales Co. Inc., a heavy construction equipment rental firm, died May 7 of a heart attack at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 86. "He enjoyed the equipment rental business and wanted to become a leader in the business. and became one," said Marvin W. Abbott, former president of Siems Rental & Sales Co. Inc. "He became one of the top leaders in the area. " The son of Leonard Arnold Augustus Siems, a banker who was vice chairman of the Suburban Trust Co., and Marie Wekenman Siems, a homemaker, Leonard Arnold Siems was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 7, 2011
Frances M. Chandlee, a retired insurance company secretary and volunteer, died of a stroke Oct. 28 at her Roland Park Place home. She was 90. Born Frances Hardy Michaels in Baltimore and raised on West 40th Street, she was a 1937 Girls' Latin School graduate. She enrolled at Stratford Business School and became a secretary to help support her family. Family members said her father, Robert E. Michaels, died when she was 11. She worked as an executive secretary at the former Maryland Casualty Co., where she met her future husband, Theodore M. Chandlee Jr., the former president of Charles H. Steffey Real Estate Co. She used some of her earnings to take piano lessons at the Peabody Institute.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Richard C. Rice, owner of a Baltimore kitchen and bathroom design firm, died Oct. 14 of cancer at his Ruxton home. He was 51. Richard Carew Rice was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was the son of John Hubner Rice Jr., who had been vice president of Barton-Cotton Inc., a Baltimore graphics and printing company, and Carew Cotton Rice Lee, a homemaker. After graduating in 1980 from Gilman School, where he played varsity soccer and lacrosse, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1984 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Kelly Virginia Phelan | May 13, 2014
In light of the recent kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls and the worldwide call to #BringBackOurGirls, it is important to note that the difficulties facing young females in Sub-Saharan Africa extend far beyond this tragedy. Last week Jean Waller Brune, the Head of Roland Park Country School, wrote a moving piece about the challenges of girls' education around the globe ("Bring back our girls," May 8). I am a proud alumna of RPCS and remember Mrs. Brune fondly. Her words affected me profoundly, now more than ever, as I am a resident of Africa and witness these types of atrocities daily.
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