Olga V. Bawden, 84, high school principal


Olga V. Bawden, a former Eastern High School principal and longtime Gibson Island resident, died in her sleep Sunday at Roland Park Place. She was 84.

Miss Bawden was born in Baltimore and raised on East North Avenue. She was a 1939 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her bachelor's degree in 1943 from Goucher College. In 1951, she earned a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a special education certificate in 1956.

She began her career in the 1940s teaching history and French to students at Robert E. Lee Junior High School (School 49) on Cathedral Street. She was promoted to vice principal and later principal of Eastern in the 1960s. She retired in 1975.

An indefatigable world traveler, she was 80 when she visited Antarctica, friends said.

The former 59-year Gibson Island resident lived at Roland Park Place since 1993.

She was a former president of the Gibson Island Garden Club and the Women's Guild at St. Christophers-by-the-Sea Church.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens Ave.

There are no survivors.

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