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Donald Norris McCulloh Sr., retired Towson University teacher and administrator, dies

Donald Norris McCulloh Sr. was an active volunteer in the Towson community.
Donald Norris McCulloh Sr. was an active volunteer in the Towson community.

Donald Norris McCulloh Sr., a retired Towson University teacher and administrator, died of a gastrointestinal condition Nov. 7 at his Phoenix home in northern Baltimore County. He was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Abbotston Street, he was the son of Henry Norris McCulloh, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, and his wife, Lucille Washkevich, a pattern cutter at the English-American Tailoring Co.

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He was an Eagle Scout at 14 years old and sold newspapers on Baltimore’s streetcars to make spending money.

“He was good at it and often sold out by the time the car was at the end of the line,” said his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Waters McCulloh.

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He was a 1957 graduate of Baltimore City College and played soccer. An honors student, he was named most versatile athlete and was later inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mr. McCulloh earned a Bachelor of Science at The Citadel and served in the Air Force. He left military service as a first lieutenant.

He later received a master’s degree in financial management from the George Washington University.

After working at General Motors in Baltimore, he joined what is now Towson University and worked there for 48 years. He served as vice president of business and administration, and taught business management and leadership. He retired in 2018.

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His wife said he was a mentor to generations of Towson University students.

“He regularly gave out his home number and his students called for his advice,” she said. “He was a dedicated educator who truly loved every minute and helped thousands of students during his time. He was known for being fair and grandfatherlike and kept in touch with so many students after they graduated.”

She said he was present on the stage at graduations to hand his children their degrees.

“He loved his family and was happiest when they were all together,” said his wife. He kept everyone laughing with his great sense of humor and silly dad jokes.”

In addition to teaching, Mr. McCulloh liked serving his community and was a member of the Towson Foundation, formerly the Towson Rotary, the Towson Business Association and the Towson Development Corp. He also represented Towson University while serving these groups.

He was named a Paul Harris Fellow in the Towson Rotary.

Mr. McCulloh served on a committee to build the Tolbert Garage in Towson.

He also volunteered at Manna House and Helping Up Mission. Through the Towson Rotary, he rang the bell during the holiday season with the Salvation Army at the Hunt Valley Mall.

Mr. McCulloh was a dog fancier. He often watched Hallmark romantic comedies and liked dining at neighborhood restaurants, including Michael’s Cafe, Bluestone and Barrett’s Grill, and then going to a movie. He enjoyed a cold Guinness, visiting Bermuda and his nightly dish of ice cream.

He often walked in the rain. He told his family that while a cadet at The Citadel, he was often assigned outdoors and grew to like a rainy day.

“He loved his country, and never missed a chance to salute the flag,” his wife said.

He was a member of Timonium United Methodist Church.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Waters McCulloh, a homemaker; three daughters, Jamie McCulloh Martin of Moorestown, New Jersey, Kathryn Jang of Olney and Emily Hartzell of Phoenix; a son, Donald N. McCulloh Jr. of Bethesda; a brother, Ralph McCulloh of Medford, Oregon; and nine grandchildren.

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