Kathryn Brooks taught at Eastern High School and worked for the American Lung Association.
Kathryn Brooks taught at Eastern High School and worked for the American Lung Association. (handout / HANDOUT)

Kathryn A. Brooks, a retired city public schools educator and volunteer, died Dec. 22 from cancer at the University of Florida Health in Jacksonville. The former longtime Cedarcroft resident was 72.

The former Kathryn Ann Paulus, daughter of Joseph Paulus, a Baltimore Fire Department chief, and his wife, Catherine Furlong Paulus, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans and on the Alameda.


She was a 1965 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education in 1969 from Towson University, where she was class valedictorian.

From 1969 to 1975, Mrs. Brooks held various teaching positions at Eastern High School, laving to become a health educator for the American Lung Association. She was a teacher and director at Loch Raven United Methodist Preschool from 1980 to 1997.

Prior to moving to Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 2000, Mrs. Brooks had worked for three years at St. Jerome’s Head Start Catholic Charities in Locust Point.

Mrs. Brooks worked as a teacher at St, Michael’s Academy and then an assistant at the Nassau County Volunteer Center, both on Ameila Island, Florida, from 2007 to 2017, when she retired.

She volunteered with the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Wild Amelia, Reading Pals of Fernandina Beach and Our Daily Bread. While living in Cedarcroft, she served on the advisory board of the old Villa Julie College, now Stevenson University, and the boards of the Maryland Public Health Association and the Alumni Association of Towson University.

Mrs. Brooks, who was an accomplished photographer, enjoyed reading, traveling, spending time in nature and advocating for various social causes, family members said.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, York and Overbrook roads, Rodgers Forge.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Brooks, a retired University of Maryland Medical School Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology senior adviser; a daughter Megann L. Driver of East Sandwich, Massachusetts; and three grandchildren.