Jule T. Hammond, who taught English for 39 years in Baltimore public schools, died of a stroke Tuesday at her Cedarcroft home. She was 82.
Born Jule Thompson in Baltimore in 1921, her father's Baptist ministry led the family to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They returned permanently to Baltimore in 1932 and settled in a house on 38th Street in Waverly.
Mrs. Hammond graduated from Eastern High School in 1939 before attending Towson State Teachers College (now Towson University).
"She did not say word one about going to college," said Mrs. Hammond's sister Loucille Jackson of Deltaville, Va. "On the last day that you could register, she got on the streetcar - we had them back then - and went and registered."
Mrs. Hammond graduated from the college in 1943 and immediately began teaching English in the city's public schools. She met her husband, Alvin A. Hammond, at a local USO social event. They were married in 1950.
"We were married 53 years," Mr. Hammond said. "She was a born teacher."
Mrs. Hammond spent much of her teaching career at Roland Park Junior High School. She retired in 1982 after serving as the head of the school's English department. She also organized and coached church choirs.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing piano and organ, a lifelong hobby for which she took lessons all her life. She was a fan of classical music and frequented concerts at the Lyric Theatre. She also pursued an interest in interior decorating and antiques.
She was a member of the Woodbrook Baptist Church, where she taught English to Chinese students almost every Friday after retiring.
Services were Thursday.
In addition to her husband and sister, Mrs. Hammond is survived by her son, David Hammond of Owings Mills; a sister, Alice Corral of Towson; and two grandchildren.