Alice Sykes Former schoolteacher


Alice Sykes, who taught in Baltimore schools, died Tuesday of pneumonia at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

A memorial Mass for Mrs. Sykes, who was 89 and lived in Hyattsville, will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Caroline and Oliver streets.

Mrs. Sykes taught in public elementary schools in Baltimore from 1925 until 1927 and again from 1961 until 1968. The former Alice West was a native of Media, Pa., and a 1924 graduate of Temple University.

She and her husband lived in Anniston, Ala., from 1927 until 1937, but returned to Baltimore and lived here until 1981. Her husband, Dr. Frank J. Sykes, was a dentist who pitched in the 1920s for the Baltimore Black Sox. He died in 1986.

She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and of the CARE Baltimore Committee.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Sykes of Reston, Va., Frank Sykes of Oakland, Calif., and Lawrence Sykes of Boston; a daughter, Alice Marie Sykes of Hyattsville, three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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