Mary Virginia Bladen, 84, a former teacher at area Catholic girls' schools, died July 18 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Bethesda, MD.
Mrs. Bladen taught civics, biology and history at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington from 1959 to 1963. She previously taught history and French at the Academy of the Holy Names in Silver Spring in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Mary Virginia Hammersla was born in Baltimore and grew up in Washington. She was a 1943 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names and graduated in 1947 from the old Dunbarton College in Washington.
In her youth, Mrs. Bladen worked as liaison in the economics department of the State Department. Before joining Holy Cross faculty, Mrs. Bladen traveled throughout the United States with her husband, who was at that time a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Board. They drove to every state in the continental United States.
She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington and a member of the ladies' sodality and the altar society.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, John Anthony Bladen, and a son, John Anthony Bladen, Jr., both of Bethesda; and a sister, Nancy Jane Slattery of Washington.
- Matt Schudel