Dorothea Rawlings, teacher

Dorothea Arvin Rawlings, a former teacher at Barclay Elementary/Middle School, died of cancer March 9 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The West Baltimore resident was 73.

Born Dorothea Arvin Simmons in Baltimore, she was raised on Calhoun Street at Edmondson Avenue. She attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School and was a 1959 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.


After attending Baltimore City Community College, she earned a bachelor's degree at Coppin State University. She received a master's degree from Loyola University Maryland.

She taught first grade for many years at Barclay Elementary/Middle School in the Charles Village-Abell neighborhoods.


"She was loving and caring," said Jan French, a retired Barclay teacher. "She was a dedicated teacher who went the extra mile."

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In 2002, the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority gave her its Apple for the Teacher Award. The award described her as "the consummate educator, beloved by her co-workers and adored by her students."

She was featured in an "ABC World News" feature about the school's use of the Calvert teaching methods. The American Federation of Teachers also featured her in a video.

Mrs. Rawlings retired in 2005.

She enjoyed writing poetry, collecting snowman ornaments and arranging flowers.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Lanvale Street and Carrollton Avenue, where she was an active member for many years.

Survivors include a son, Mark D. Rawlings of Baltimore; a daughter, Arvin Lyons of Baltimore; a brother, Leonard Simmons of Columbia; a sister, Bessie Mann of New Carrollton; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 45 years, Howard D. Rawlings, a state insurance supervisor, died in 2004.