Catherine Annabell Rice: Two sisters of Catherine...


Catherine Annabell Rice: Two sisters of Catherine Annabell Rice, a retired special education teacher who lived in Rosemont, were omitted from a list of survivors in Sunday's editions of The Sun. The sisters are Mary Frances West and Rose Cook, both of Baltimore.

Catherine A. Rice, 69, special education teacher

Catherine Annabell Rice, a Rosemont resident who taught special education at Charles Carroll of Carrollton Elementary School on Central Avenue for 10 years, died Monday of congestive heart disease at her West Baltimore home. She was 69.

Born Catherine Annabell Smith, she graduated from Carver Senior High School in 1944. Then she worked in stores in Baltimore and, in 1947, married Jesse H. Rice who worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point. He died in 1976.

After raising her eight children, she attended Coppin State College between 1969 and 1974 and earned bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in special education. While at Coppin, she participated in a program in which students learned the profession on the job at city schools during the morning and attended college classes in the afternoon.

"It was the best on-job-training course in teaching anyone could hope for," said a daughter, Valerie Rice of Baltimore.

After graduating, she taught at Charles Carroll of Carrollton until retiring in 1984.

Her daughter said Mrs. Rice was a teacher and a mother to her special education students and that her life revolved around the students and her family.

Mrs. Rice was a lifetime member of St. John's AME Church, where she sang in the choir and worked in the food co-op. Services were held at the church on Thursday.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by six sons, Robert D. Smith, Jesse Rice Jr., Hawthorne Rice, Steven Rice, Rennard Rice and Lionel Eric Rice; another daughter, Claudia Rice; three brothers, Samuel J. Smith, James H. Smith and Charles H.

Smith; and a stepdaughter, Barbara Rice Williams, all of Baltimore; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

John Joseph Duggan, 88, SS. Philip and James pastor

Monsignor John Joseph Duggan, a longtime pastor at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore and former chancellor of the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 88.

The Baltimore native, ordained in 1933, retired as pastor of SS. Philip and James in 1975 after 21 years but offered Mass at St. Alphonsus Church. He recently moved to Long Crandon, a retirement home for priests at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Towson.

"He was known for his beautiful sermons and homilies," said JTC Richard A. Lidinsky, a former deputy city comptroller who has known the priest for many years.

He said Monsignor Duggan, a familiar sight on Charles Street during his well-known walks, "always had a smile on his face."

It was known that Monsignor Duggan did not tolerate long church services. Former altar boys recall his ability to say the old Latin Mass in less than 20 minutes.

"He was beloved by so many people," Mr. Lidinsky said. The goodwill was reciprocal. "In all his parishes, he enjoyed the people," said Monsignor Duggan's sister, Madeleine D. Slear of Baltimore.

The priest's other assignments included 14 years at the basilica, where he was named chancellor and rector in 1948.

He grew up in St. Martin's Parish in West Baltimore and entered St. Charles College Seminary in Catonsville in 1922. He also studied theology at St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street for two years and was appointed to the North American College in Rome in 1930.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Chapel, 7300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Also surviving are two other sisters, Margaret E. Kohler and Winifred D. Day, both of Towson, 10 nieces and nephews and 18 grandnieces and grandnephews.

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