Ethne F. Higginbotham, an educator who later became a mental health counselor, died Wednesday of a urinary tract infection at Brightview South River, an Edgewater assisted-living facility. She was 92.
The daughter of Robert Lee Flanagan, a paper mill executive, and Laura Ethne Crowder Flanagan, a homemaker, Ethne Crowder Flanagan was born in Farmville, N.C., and was raised there and in Richmond, Va.
She was a 1938 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. She attended Westhampton College, the women's college of the University of Richmond, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a summa cum laude graduate in 1942.
While attending college, she fell in love with the Rev. Leland "Higgi" Higginbotham, whom she married in 1943.
She began her career teaching at her old high school in Richmond. When her husband attended Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., she continued teaching in Rochester public schools.
Her husband's pastoral career began in Dayton, Ohio, and later in Hightstown, N.J. In 1955, they moved to Towson when he was named pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.
The couple settled on Trafalgar Road in Towson. After their children were grown, Mrs. Higginbotham studied at the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in 1973 in mental health, psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
In 1973, her dissertation, "Some Healing Components in a Psychotherapy Group: A Descriptive Study," was published. Mrs. Higginbotham later worked in mental health counseling for a number of years.
After Mr. Higginbotham retired in 1981, the couple moved to Annapolis. He died in 2004.
Mrs. Higginbotham was a member of the Walkie Talkies, a senior walking group. She enjoyed sailing, yoga, swimming and reading, and was a member of a book club.
A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis.
Mrs. Higginbotham is survived by her son, Robert Leland Higginbotham of Annapolis; a daughter, Ethne Lee Turowski of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun