Paul E. Causey, a retired Carroll County educator, died of congestive heart failure May 18 at Carroll Hospital Center. The longtime Westminster resident was 81.
Mr. Causey was born and raised in High Point, N.C. During and after World War II, he was a carpenter's mate in the Navy aboard Landing Tank Ship 218 in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946.
He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and physical education in 1950 from Elon College. He also held a master's degree equivalent, family members said, after studying at the University of Maryland and Northern Illinois, Northeastern and Lincoln universities.
He began his teaching career in 1950 in North Carolina, and later taught in Virginia, before coming to Westminster High School in 1957.
He taught physical education, health and math. After the 1957 launch of the Sputnik satellite by the Soviet Union, he switched to science, which he taught at Westminster Junior High School and West Middle School until he retired in 1981.
Mr. Causey also coached football, basketball and track and field.
He was an active member of the Carroll County Retired School Personnel Association, the Maryland Retired Teachers Association and the National Retired Teachers Association.
He was an avid rose gardener and enjoyed attending reunions of his World War II shipmates. He liked watching sports, reading and cooking.
Mr. Causey was a 50-year member of Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St. in Westminster, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Elinor Agrenbright, a retired Carroll County teacher; two daughters, Jennifer Causey Breen of Media, Pa., and Donna Sue Causey Bongardt of New Freedom, Pa.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A son, Mark Ewell Causey, died in 1971.