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Samuel Sokolow, 72, Baltimore area teacher

Samuel Sokolow, who taught in elementary, junior high and high schools in Baltimore, then was a substitute teacher in Baltimore County for about 12 years, died Wednesday of cancer at his Pikesville home.

Mr. Sokolow, who was 72, began a 20-year tenure as a city elementary school teacher in 1939 and later taught at Gwynns Falls Junior High School.

He retired in 1977 as chairman of the social studies department at Southwestern High School.

Mr. Sokolow then began his career as a substitute, mostly at Pikesville High School, where he filled in for teachers in all fields.

In addition to teaching, he held several summer jobs, including work as a playground leader at an East Baltimore park. He also appeared during the 1950s on television as Safety Sam.

He remained in touch with students he had taught, and many of them wrote years later praising his influence on their lives.

For many years, the students at Pikesville cited Mr. Sokolofavorably in their yearbooks as an unforgettable substitute teacher.

He also taught from 1957 until 1982 at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sunday school.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and what is now Towson State University. He held a master's degree from the University of Maryland.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, becomina staff sergeant.

Services were held Thursday.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Miriam Kitt; two daughters, Gail E. Zlotowitz of Pikesville and Amy L. Goodman of Reisterstown; a son, Brian C. Sokolow of Baltimore; two brothers, David Sokolow of Winter Park, Fla., and Meyer Sokolow of Baltimore; a sister, Rae Rossen of Randallstown; and four grandchildren.

Thelma M. Shockley, 71, principal, teacher

Thelma M. Shockley, a former Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Prince George's County principal, died Oct. 21 of cancer at her home in Miami, Fla. She was 71.

The former Baynesville resident retired in 1984 from Prince George's County's James Ryder Randall Elementary School, where she had been principal since 1977. The county Board of Education recognized her as an outstanding educator in 1984.

During the 1950s and 1960s, she taught at Riderwood and Perry Hall elementary schools. She began teaching in 1944, and taught at schools in Allegany County, Baltimore, Georgia and New York.

She was born Thelma Manahan in Sabillasville, where she was raised. She earned a bachelor's degree from Frostburg State Teachers College in 1942 and a master's degree from Bowie State College in 1971. She did additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Loyola College and East Carolina State University.

Mrs. Shockley developed an interest in theater when she began acting during college. In recent years, she worked behind the scenes at Totem Pole Playhouse near a summer home she and her husband of 51 years, R. Joseph Shockley, maintained in Fayetteville, Pa. He retired as principal of Loch Raven Elementary School.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at Totem Pole Playhouse, at routes 30 and 233 in Fayetteville.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, R. Jay Shockley of New York City, and James F. Shockley of Orange Park, Fla.; a daughter, Dorothy S. Avondstondt of Coral Gables, Fla.; a brother, Donald Manahan of Chambersburg, Pa.; a sister, Hazel Vinci of Middletown, Conn.; and three grandchildren.

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