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Anne T. Riley

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RILEY , Anne T. Anne Tillinghast (Byron) Riley died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. Perhaps Anne T. Riley is best known for founding Bowie Montessori Children's House in 1966 and the establishment of its innovative adolescent Middle School in 1993. In addition to her training at the Washington Montessori Institute, where she received AMI primary and elementary diplomas, Mrs. Riley was a graduate of Baltimore Friends Preparatory School and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and also attended courses at the University of Virginia and studies in learning disabilities at Bowie State University. Among the multitude of her special professional interests were "Carousel Classroom" which was the first educational program produced for television - the format of which was sold to "Sesame Street" - and augmenting curriculum with sign language for the deaf. Civic participation during her lifetime included Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Parents Without Partners, Chamber of Commerce and the Soroptimists. She is survived by her children Suzanne Byron Byrne, William M. Byron and David W. Byron III; her grandchildren Chelsea Byron, Kathryn Byron, Madison Byron and William Byron and her great grandchild Uiaria Quinn.
A service will be held at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 14900 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715 at 11 A.M. on Saturday, Dec. 12 immediately followed by a reception at the Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to Bowie Montessori Children's House for the ATR Resource Center Fund, 5004 Randonstone Lane, Bowie, MD 20715
Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 11, 2009
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