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Lyndon B. Johnson
Education through grace and grammar
Education through grace and grammar

About 50 years ago, at the height of Beatlemania, I attended first grade at St. Clement I Catholic School in what some folks call Lansdowne and others know as Halethorpe. Delia Dowling, a School Sister of Notre Dame fighting the good fight along Hollins Ferry Road with grace and grammar, just calls it Baltimore. After second grade, my family moved a few miles south to the more prosperous suburb of Linthicum, and I never set foot in a St. Clement classroom again — until earlier this year. On a cold, sunny afternoon, I was the guest of Sister Delia, who wanted to show a reporter how the parish school — closed in 2003 — had been reborn as a middle school for girls: The...