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Dr. Catherine R. Gira, a veteran educator and former Frostburg State University president, dies

Dr. Catherine R. Gira, a veteran educator and former Frostburg State University president, dies

Dr. Catherine R. Gira, whose career in education took her from a high school English class in Catonsville to University of Baltimore provost and finally president of Frostburg State University, died March 26 at Friends House in Sandy Spring from complications of injuries she suffered in a December automobile accident.

The longtime Columbia resident was 86.

“Catherine was an amazing woman who had the ability to influence so many people, and her feedback was based on her own experiences,” said Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, a longtime friend, who has headed the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. “And during our careers, we had both been deans, provosts and...

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