Evelyn T. Beasley, who turned around a failing Roland Park Elementary-Middle School and then served as its principal and was its outspoken advocate for nearly two decades, died March 24 from cancer at Woodholme Gardens, a Pikesville assisted-living facility.
The longtime resident of Northwest Baltimore’s Arlington neighborhood, was 89.
“My son and daughter went there and she had a big impact on my family and the entire city of Baltimore,” said former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who is now president of the University of Baltimore.
“Miss Beasley was an inspiration and a ball of energy that excited her staff. She really was an amazing person,” he said. “She showed that public...