Clare Jean Siegel, an early childhood educator and advocate who worked in the Baltimore's Head Start program for 32 years, died of cancer Dec. 14 at her Dickeyville home. She was 61.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., she was the daughter of Edward Siegel, a psychologist, and his wife, Ruth Kovner, who raised the family after her husband's death.
Ms. Siegel was raised in Oxon Hill and was a 1973 graduate of Potomac Senior High School. Family members said that in high school, a teacher recognized her talent in working with children.
She met her future husband nearly 40 years ago at a Halloween party he was hosting with his then-roommates on Abell Avenue.
"We wound up...