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Geraldine Stewart Lawson, 99, longtime city educator


Geraldine Stewart Lawson, a longtime teacher in Baltimore, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Hearthstone at New Horizons, an assisted-living community in Marlboro, Mass. She was 99.

She taught in Maryland for more than 40 years, nearly all of that time in Baltimore.

Most of her career was spent teaching English at Carver Vocational-Technical High School. She retired in the early 1970s.

"She loved the fact that many of her students would come back and thank her for encouraging them," said her daughter, Paula Wright of Sudbury, Mass.

She said some of them credited her mother with motivating them to go to college, and some of them later became teachers.

Born Geraldine Stewart, the Baltimore native attended city public schools and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1924. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morgan State University in 1928, and soon began teaching in St. Mary's County.

She continued to take courses at Catholic University of America and Howard University in a variety of subjects, among them geography and history.

She married Winston J. Lawson Jr. in 1940. The couple lived in the Liberty Heights area. Mr. Lawson died in 1980, and Mrs. Lawson moved to Massachusetts in 1986.

She was active in St. Pius X and Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic churches in Baltimore. She also was a member of Third Order of St. Dominic, St. Martin de Porres chapter.

She enjoyed many types of music and taught piano lessons in her home.

She enjoyed traveling within the United States. She followed professional baseball with her husband, and liked to read and spend time with family.

"She was really a lot about family, and she had a lot of friends, many of them were teachers," her daughter said.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday in Sudbury.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Klara, died in 2003.

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