Jane Roycroft James, teacher and community volunteer

Jane R. James, a teacher, community volunteer and tutor, died of heart failure Dec. 5 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The former Homeland resident was 87.

Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Monville Charles Roycroft, a manager at the Credit Bureau of Baltimore, and Helen Mertel Roycroft, a homemaker.

She grew up on Ramona Avenue and Fairfield Drive in Catonsville, and attended St. Mark School. She was a 1948 graduate of Trinity Preparatory School.

She earned a history degree at what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University. She went on to receive a Fulbright scholarship and earned her teacher’s certification from what is now Towson University. She taught at Relay and at Westowne elementary schools.

In 1954, she married Walter Edward James at St. Mark’s Church. The two had met while at St. Mark School.

She was a former model for Hecht’s and Hutzler’s department stores. She also took classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art and enjoyed painting, floral designing and gardening. She was a past president of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Cliff Dwellers Garden Club.

She and her husband were subscribers to the Baltimore Opera Company and the Young Victorian Theatre Company.

Mrs. James took archaeology courses through a Johns Hopkins University continuing education program. She also traveled to Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

She was a past president of the Thursday Afternoon Travel Club and belonged to the the Hamilton Street Club. She was also a Maryland Historical Society docent.

Mrs. James also served as a reading tutor at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church for 20 years.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, a retired physician; a son, Bernard Roycroft James of Mountain View, Calif.; two daughters, Constance James Fitzpatrick of Baltimore and Maria Helena Tucker James of Highlands, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.


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