Lucille Eleanor Fox, 88, Douglass High teacherLucille...

Lucille Eleanor Fox, 88, Douglass High teacher

Lucille Eleanor Fox, a retired Baltimore educator who taught at Frederick Douglass High School and was active in church affairs, died of cancer Aug. 9 at her daughter's home in Philadelphia. She was 88.


Mrs. Fox began her teaching career during the 1930s in segregated high schools in the South. She came to Baltimore in 1946 and taught at Douglass until retiring in 1976.

She also taught English at a community school for Lumbee Indians in Fells Point and volunteered as a counselor for New Directions for Women.


"She believed that a good teacher must treat every student who enters the classroom as though he or she is the most important person one will ever meet," said her son, Charles Fox 3rd of Columbia.

Lucille E. Penister was born and raised in Petersburg, Va., the daughter of a barber and an educator. She was a graduate of Petersburg High School and earned her bachelor's degree in 1929 from Virginia State University and a master's degree from Temple University in 1933.

She was married for more than 40 years to the Rev. Charles W. Fox Jr. Mr. Fox, who died in 1993, was founder of St. Matthew's Mission in East Baltimore, which later became Holy Covenant Episcopal Church on The Alameda.

Mrs. Fox had been a fund-raiser for Holy Covenant and a member of its women's auxiliary.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

She is also survived another son, Maurice O. Fox of Edgewood; a daughter, Wendella Fox-Wetzel of Philadelphia; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Mary Elizabeth Gillis, 74, longtime Govans resident

Mary Elizabeth Gillis, 74, a homemaker, died in her sleep Aug. 17 at her longtime Govans residence.


Mrs. Gillis, who was born Mary E. Edwards in Winston-Salem, N.C., graduated from high school there and moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s.

She was married in 1945 to Stanley L. Gillis, and they had lived in their Govans home for nearly 50 years.

Mrs. Gillis enjoyed singing, watching soap operas and preparing fried lake trout breakfasts for her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, who is a retired postal worker; two sons, Alphonso Gillis of Baltimore and Stanley L. Gillis Jr. of Detroit; a daughter, Rosetta Wilson of Govans; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday.

Charlotte S. Koch, 81, avid golfer, gardener


Charlotte S. Koch, an avid golfer and gardener, died of complications from emphysema Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 81.

The former Charlotte Siehler, a lifelong Baltimore resident, graduated from Western High School in 1933 and from Duke University in 1937.

In 1940, she married C. Earl Koch, who died in 1977.

Mrs. Koch was a longtime member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Three Arts Club of Homeland. In addition to golfing and gardening, she enjoyed needlepoint.

Private services were held yesterday.

Survivors include three sons, C. Michael Koch of Chester, Conn., Steven R. Koch of Rye, N.Y., and Thomas E. Koch of Timonium; and four grandchildren.


Pub Date: 8/24/97