Dr. Evelyn P. Valentine, a veteran Baltimore public school educator who was founder of the Pasteur Center for Strategic Management Ltd., died Thursday of heart disease at her Northeast Baltimore home.
She was 77.
The daughter of a furniture maker and a homemaker, Evelyn Pasteur was born and raised in Beaufort, N.C., where she graduated from Queen Street High School.
She was the eldest of 15 children. She started attending school when she was 4, and entered college at 15. She was 19 when she landed her first teaching job.
"I had to hurry and get out of the way because there were so many behind me," she told the old Sunday Sun Magazine in a 1975 interview, explaining that her brothers and sisters who were out of college helped those who were still studying for their degrees.
All of her siblings attended college.
"It wasn't all peaches and cream but anything can be done if you believe it can," she said in the interview.
Dr. Valentine earned a bachelor's degree in 1955 in home economics education from North Carolina Central University in Durham, and a master's degree in family life and child development in 1967 from the University of Maryland, College Park.
She earned a doctorate in policy education, planning and administration, and business management in 1986 from the University of Maryland. She also held a certificate in advanced studies in education, which she earned in 1979 from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
She began her career in 1955, teaching eighth-graders in Beaufort and later home economics and general science at her old high school.
Dr. Valentine began teaching in Baltimore public schools in 1962 as a home economics educator at Calverton Junior High School and later was home economics chair at Robert Poole Junior High, Herring Run Junior High and Southern High School.
In 1971, Dr. Valentine was appointed home economics chair at Lake Clifton High School — which at the time had the largest home economics program in the nation — and in 1977 she was named principal of Booker T. Washington Junior High School.
She made her mark in 1980 when she was appointed principal of what was called at the time the "New Eastern" high school, a citywide specialty school that focused training on "business, for jobs requiring secretarial skills, marketing know-how, and data processing. Academic underpinnings prepare the students for college as well," reported a 1980 Sunday Sun Magazine profile of Dr. Valentine.
"She has been able to select her own 16-member faculty and has also interviewed each of the 166 students enrolled as 9th- and 10th-graders in the present school year," according to the 1980 article.
Dr. Valentine also demanded that both students and parents sign contracts outlining their educational goals.
"They are told: 'Don't come here to play around. It isn't going to be easy. But if you are serious, hang in there, and we'll help you,' " reported the Sun Magazine.
At the time of her retirement in 1990, Dr. Valentine was an administrator in the Division of Planning and Research at the central office.
"She was one of the finest educators I've ever known. How can I define that? She had extremely high, high standards and she always followed up," said Dr. Sue E. Small, who is a clinical associate professor of education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
"She was always encouraging people to get all the education they could at all levels no matter how old or young. She had high standards and a heart," said Dr. Small. "She was very personal in supporting people to take the next step and move forward."
In addition to her work with city public schools, Dr. Valentine had been an adjunct professor in the department of education at Loyola University Maryland from 1972 to 1990.
She also had been an adjunct professor from 1987 to 1992 in Loyola's Sellinger School of Business Management, where she taught graduate-level courses in business management and law.
In 1987, she established the Pasteur Center for Strategic Management Ltd., which provided management planning and leadership training to business, education, government and public service organizations.
Dr. Valentine was a contributor to numerous professional journals. She was also the author of "Strategic Management in Education: A Focus on Strategic Planning," "For Those Who Do Not Fit the Pigeon Hole" and "Served With Love."
Dr. Valentine's work brought her many accolades including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland's College of Human Ecology and College of Education, and the University of Maryland Hall of Fame. She had also been selected as a "Distinguished Black Marylander" by the Towson University Office of Minority Affairs.
She was a longtime member and former director and district representative of Phi Delta Kappa. She was also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Her husband of 44 years, Oliver Clinton Valentine, who had been a Bethlehem Steel Corp. crane operator, died in 2002.
She was a communicant of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 6515 Loch Raven Blvd., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Surviving are three sons, Timothy Valentine, Ronald Hamilton, both of Baltimore, and Numan Conolly of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Evelyna Valentine of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; four brothers, George Pasteur Sr. of Mitchellville, Joseph Pasteur of District Heights, John Pasteur of Columbia and Ernest Pasteur of Haslett, Mich.; five sisters, Alice Pasteur Edmonson, Patricia Pasteur and Ketina Pasteur, all of Baltimore, Deborah Pasteur of Durham, N.C., and Nellie Joy Pasteur of Morehead City, N.C.; a grandson; and many nieces and nephews.