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Bette Hankin, opera singer who taught at Towson University, dies

Bette Hankin, opera singer who taught at Towson University, dies

Bette Hankin, a mezzo-soprano who sang with the old Baltimore Civic Opera Company and later taught at Towson University, died Dec. 25 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

She was 94 and lived in Bancroft Road and Red Cedar Place in Northwest Baltimore. No cause of death was reported.

Born Bessie Jane Goodman in Baltimore, she was known as Bette. She was the daughter of Abraham Goodman, a contractor and architect, and his wife, Anna.

Raised on Whittier Avenue near Druid Hill Park, she was a 1941 graduate of Western High School and obtained a bachelor of arts in French at the Johns Hopkins University.

“As a child she would sing at the drop of a hat,” said her...

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