Charlotte M. Perry, retired city educator, dies at 94

Charlotte M. Perry, a longtime city public schools educator who was active in the affairs of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, died Sept. 5 from congestive heart failure at Miami Jewish Health Systems in Miami, Fla. The former longtime Harlem Avenue resident was 94.

The former Charlotte Marshall, who was the first cousin of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, was the daughter of Cyrus W. Marshall Sr., an educator, and Elizabeth H. Marshall, a homemaker.

Mrs. Perry who was raised in the city’s Sugar Hill neighborhood, was a 1941 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1949 from Coppin State University.

For 40 years, Mrs. Perry taught in city public schools and later became a principal. At the time of her retirement in 1983, she was principal of Matthew A.Henson Elementary School.

She returned to teaching in 1986 when she joined the faculty of Bethel Christian School, where she was also a consultant, until retiring in 1996.

In 1951, Mrs. Perry moved to a home in the 2300 block of Harlem Ave., where she lived until moving in 2012 to Miami.

Mrs. Perry joined the Evergreen Protective Association in 1955 and served as a block captain, recording and corresponding secretary, and president.

She had also been president of Edmondson Community Organizations, and had been president and recording secretary of the Western District Community Relations Association, and a member of the Association of Rosemont Community Organizations.

She worked with City Fair Summer Corps and initiated the Chemical People Task Force, and also served with Evergreen’s Coordinating Council on Criminal Justice.

Mrs. Perry tutored youth at Union Memorial United Methodist Church where she organized a basketball team.

She began attending Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1927 and became a member in 1935. Through the years, she has served as an elder, deacon, trustee and Sunday school superintendent, and was director of Christian education for two decades.

Mrs. Perry’s civic work brought her numerous awards, some of which included the Sandtown-Winchester Community Service Award, Citizens Planning and Housing Association Service Award, and Baltimore Chapter Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Her companion of more than 30 years, John H. Thompson, died about a decade ago.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at her church, 2110 Madison Ave., Baltimore.

Mrs. Perry is survived by her son, William R. Perry of Miami; a daughter, Marsha C. Jordan of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Earlier marriages to Dr. William R. Perry and Stanley C. Jordan ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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