June 29, 2007
At a college in a small town in Ghana where students don't have textbooks, or books of any sort actually, the American professor faced a quandary. Some of the books she kept for them, in a makeshift, bricks-and-boards library in her office, were getting too old and tattered for lending out, but how could she throw them away? So she piled them under a sign saying that any of her students with perfect attendance could take one to keep. "Each one was more worn than the next -- no cover, raggedy, dog-eared -- and yet students would take 20 minutes to pick through them," Sister Kathleen Feeley said.
April 17, 2003
Marion Burk Knott, whose name graces many of the educational and medical buildings donated by her builder-philanthropist husband, Henry J. Knott, died of heart and respiratory failure at her Warrington Apartments home in Guilford. She would have been 93 next week. "She with her husband left their children a marvelous example of philanthropy and faith," Cardinal William H. Keeler said yesterday. "She was a devoted mother and I am sure that many will be mourning her passing. I join them."
January 28, 2003
Sister Kathleen Ryan, a retired housekeeper and cook, and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died of cancer Thursday at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 88. Born Mary Catherine Ryan and raised in County Cork, Ireland, she entered the order at Glen Riddle, Pa., in 1933 and professed her vows three years later. In 1939, Sister Kathleen moved to Baltimore, and during the 1940s and early 1950s she worked as a housekeeper at St. Anthony's Convent in Gardenville and then Immaculate Conception Convent in Towson.
January 20, 2003
Sister Kathleen Kirk, a Carmelite nun and organist who learned Greek and Spanish so she could read religious texts in their original language, died Tuesday of heart failure at the order's monastery in Towson. She was 86. Born Margaret Mary Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, she later moved with her family to Washington, D.C., where she graduated from St. Anthony's High School. In 1933, she entered the Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore and took the religious name Sister Kathleen. As a young nun, she studied Greek to be able to read original editions of the Bible and Spanish to read the works of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross as they were written.
November 28, 2002
Sister Kathleen Mary, 90, grammar school principal Sister Kathleen Mary O'Keeffe, a Franciscan nun and former grammar school principal, died Saturday of respiratory disease at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 90. She was a teacher and principal at St. Stephen Parochial School in Bradshaw from 1946 to 1950, and again from 1962 to 1964. She began her career in 1928 at SS. Philip and James in Charles Village and later taught at St. Peter Claver School in West Baltimore and Shrine of the Little Flower in Belair-Edison.
April 20, 2000
Michael G. Michallas, 70, beauty salon owner Michael G. Michallas, a cosmetologist and former owner of Ja-Mi Beauty Salon in Lutherville, died Saturday of undetermined causes at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 70 and lived in Towson. In 1957, he opened the beauty salon in the Pine Ridge Inn on York Road with his partner, James Stroumbis. After the building was sold and razed in the early 1980s, the salon moved to Front Avenue in Lutherville. Mr. Michallas closed the salon and retired last year.