Marguerite Theresa Petersen, a retired Baltimore elementary school teacher, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 11 at
. The West Baltimore resident was 89.
Born Marguerite Theresa Page, she was the daughter of Dr. George C. Page, a physician, and Marguerite Jones Page, a homemaker. Raised on North Mount Street, she was a 1940 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and earned a degree at what is now
, where she also taught at its demonstration school. She also studied at
Mrs. Petersen taught at School 138 at Monroe Street and Harlem Avenue; the
School, School 107, Gilmor and Laurens streets; Harford Heights; and the Columbus School on North Avenue. She retired in 1977.
"Despite opportunities to rise to administrative positions, my mother was absolutely committed to the classroom," said her son, Arthur E. Petersen Jr., a Baltimore resident. "For her students, failure was not an option. She believed that excellence was attainable through discipline, and that hard work and strength of character was vital to success in life."
Mrs. Petersen belonged to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She wore its red-and-white colors and collected miniature elephants, the Delta mascot. She was also a founding member of the Gayzelles, a women's social club.
She also vacationed in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where her father-in-law was born.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church, 1219
Ave., where she was a longtime member, belonged to the Lane Memorial Circle and was a Sunday school teacher.
In addition to her son, survivors include a grandson, Kamau L. Petersen of Baltimore. Her husband of 64 years, Arthur E. Petersen Sr., a retired Baltimore County schools principal, died last year.