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Paul D. Carre, longtime teacher at McDonoghPaul...


Paul D. Carre, longtime teacher at McDonogh

Paul D. Carre, who taught history at the McDonogh School for more than 60 years and was superintendent of the Farm and Garden Department of the Maryland State Fair in Timonium for 18 years, died Sunday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. He was 89.

Mr. Carre retired as head of McDonogh's history department in 1971 but continued to teach part time until 1987. He had joined the faculty of the private school in Baltimore County in 1925.

For many years, he lived in a frame house just off the quadrangle on the campus.

Long a military school for boys, McDonogh dropped the military program and became co-educational in the 1970s. From 1942 to 1945, Mr. Carre was commandant of the military program.

Mr. Carre was awarded the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1961. In 1990, the school named a new road near his former home for him.

Mitch Whiteley, vice principal of St. Paul's School and a 1969 McDonogh graduate, described Mr. Carre as "one of the few people who really motivated me in high school." The teacher challenged his students to think and had faith in them, Mr. Whiteley said.

In a 1975 article in the Sunday Sun Magazine, Mr. Carre recalled the 1928 fire that destroyed the main building on the McDonogh campus. He was a member of the American Historical Association.

Born in Carney, he was a 1921 graduate of McDonogh and then attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut before attending the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated in 1925 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Having worked on his uncle's farm in Chase, when he made overnight trips to market in Baltimore in a two-horse wagon, he maintained his interest in gardening and farming as a teacher at the school, which operated its own farm for many years. Mr. Carre grew vegetables in his "victory garden" there during World War II.

His summertime work at the Timonium Fair led to his taking the position of farm and garden superintendent there in 1967. He continued in that role until 1985.

He was a switch-hitter in baseball, which he coached.

His wife of 50 years, the former Janie P. Dawson, died in 1975.

A memorial service for Mr. Carre, who was a member of Ames United Methodist Church in Pikesville, will be conducted at 10 a.m. May 19 in the Tagart Memorial Chapel on the McDonogh campus.

His survivors include his second wife, the former May Disney of Baltimore; two daughters, Jeanne Carre Lahman of Annapolis and Marilyn Carre Fenwick of Davidsonville; a son, Paul D. Carre of Annapolis; and several grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to McDonogh School. Therese F. McComas, who was active in Democratic politics, died Feb. 23 of pneumonia at a hospital in Littleton, Colo. She was 58.

In 1972, the Baltimore native moved to Littleton, where she was a committee chairman for the Arapahoe County United Way and was active in Democratic politics.

The former Therese F. Haberlander was a graduate of Towson Catholic High School.

She had worked as a nurse's aide at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson and at the Glenn L. Martin Co., an aircraft maker in Middle River, in the office that supervised Navy contracts.

She had been a Girl Scout leader at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Texas. In 1955, she joined the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and held several offices in the sorority in the Baltimore area and in Littleton.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence McComas; a daughter, Jeanne Fuson of Littleton; four sons, Mark, Michael, John and Stephen McComas, all of Denver; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. McComas was offered Feb. 26.

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