Lorraine T. Green, a retired Baltimore Public Schools educator and civil rights activist, dies

Lorraine T. Green was one of the first Black teachers at Booker T. Washington and Harlem Park elementary schools.

Lorraine T. Green, a retired Baltimore Public Schools educator who had been the home economics department head at Forest Park High School and the first diversity coordinator at Roland Park Country School, died Aug. 15 of complications from dementia at Sunrise of Chevy Chase, a Silver Spring assisted living facility. The former longtime Ashburton resident was 92.

The former Lorraine Bertina Thomas, daughter of Earl Thomas, a teamster, and Beulah Regusters Thomas, a homemaker, was one of six children and born at home on Edmondson Avenue and raised in the city’s Wilson Park neighborhood.


Mrs. Green was a 1949 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1953 from what is now Morgan State University; she also took graduate courses at Goucher College.

Over her 30-year teaching career, she taught or served as an administrator at several local city schools, including Booker T. Washington and Harlem Park elementary schools, where she was one of the first Black teachers.


Mrs. Green also taught at Pimlico Junior High School, William H. Lemmel Junior High School and Northwestern High School. She served as curriculum coordinator at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School. She later was chair of the home economics department at Forest Park High School until retiring in 1983.

After earning her real estate license, Mrs. Green worked for the Otis Warren Group during the 1980s and served as an assistant at the Black Student Fund, which became the Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust.

From 1989 until 1998, she served as the first diversity coordinator at the Roland Park Country School.

In 1952, she met her future husband, Sampson Green Jr., at the main post office on North Calvert Street, where she worked part-time sorting mail between semesters at school.

“She loved to recall the story of Green, as she called him, bringing her a dozen roses on Christmas Day and her grandmother predicting that she would marry him based on this romantic action,” wrote her daughter, Lisa Green Hall, in a biographical email profile of her mother.

The couple wed in 1954 and later settled into a home on Wabash Avenue in the city’s Ashburton neighborhood, where they lived for more than 30 years and raised their two daughters.

She and her husband were civil rights activists and often opened up their home for organizing meetings, her daughter said.

Mr. Green, who had been a case worker for the Baltimore Department of Public Welfare and later served as medical social services and executive director of the Model Cities neighborhood and Young Adult Drug Abuse Program, died in 1993.


For more than 40 years, Mrs. Green was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Walbrook Junction, where she had been a deacon and a member of the Presbyterian Women.

“I’ve known her for more than 40 years,” said Joan H. Phillips, a retired registered nurse. “We both played bridge, and I often played with her; plus, we were both members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, so our relationship is both personal and a church one.”

She added: “She was very well-educated and well-spoken and was just a gentle person. I never saw her filled with anger.”

Mrs. Green was an active participant in the Baltimore Chapter of the Women’s League of Voters and a member of Jack and Jill of America and had served on the board of the now-closed Sojourner Douglass College. She was a founding member of the Baltimore chapter of what is now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and was an usher at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Music for Youth’s program for elementary school children.

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She was also an active, lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and regularly attended the organization’s social events with her husband. They also traveled extensively with their children to Canada, Bermuda and Jamaica and enjoyed Caribbean cruises with family members and friends.

The former resident of Atrium Village in Owings Mills and Elkridge Estates in North Roland Park enjoyed entertaining neighbors and friends in her home, where she hosted festive dinners parties and even weddings, her daughter said.


She enjoyed cards and was a founding member of Les Filles de Mercredi, a bridge club that met for dinner and competitive matches for more than 50 years.

“My mother was worldly, elegant and always well-dressed,” said her daughter, who lives in Washington and is an investment professional for a private equity firm. “She was sociable and made friends easily, even in her senior years, and could strike up a conversation with anyone, always having something interesting or witty to comment on.”

Ms. Hall added, “She lived a full life and even survived COVID-19.”

Funeral services will be held Thursday at the March Life Tribute Center, 5616 Old Court Road, Randallstown, with the family hour beginning at 10 a.m. and the service at 11.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Green is survived by two sisters, Deborah McCrimmon of Owings Mills and Brenda Thompson of Millersville; two granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. Another daughter, Cynthia Green “Cindy” Warren, a Baltimore attorney who served in the Office of the People’s Counsel, died in 2020.