Donna Miller-Clingan, a retired Anne Arundel County schools administrator and former middle school principal, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Millersville resident was 60.
Born Donna Harryman in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn Park, she graduated from Brooklyn Park High School in 1965 and earned a bachelor's degree at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania. She taught social studies for two years at Brooklyn Park High School, then raised a family.
In 1980, she returned to the Anne Arundel County school system as a teacher at Severn River Middle School and Central Middle School.
After earning a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1985, she was a guidance counselor at Central Middle School. In 1993, she became an administrator at Magothy River Middle School and was its principal from 1998 to 2002. She was then principal at Lindale Middle School until 2005.
She was then a principal in the department of instruction for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. Since 2007, she had been senior manager of secondary school improvement for the Anne Arundel County school system.
She enjoyed gardening and traveling. Family members said that in the three years that she battled cancer, she found comfort in a knitting club that she attended with close friends and neighbors.
A memorial service will he held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd. in Severna Park.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 15 years, Richard Clingan; her mother, Mildred Harryman of Millersville; a son, Craig Miller of Rockville; a daughter, Tracie Machi of Severn; and three grandchildren. A marriage to Charles "Doug" Miller ended in divorce.