Letitia B. Gwynn, piano teacher, volunteer

January 23, 2013

Letitia B. Gwynn, 93, who gave piano lessons from her home in Clinton in the 1950s and ’60s and who did volunteer work for a variety of causes, died Jan. 11 at the Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis.

She had heart ailments, her daughter Loleta Gwynn said.

Charlotte Letitia Bogan was a District native. She graduated in 1936 from Roosevelt High School and received a bachelor’s degree in music in 1940 from what is now McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

As a young woman, she performed in musical recitals in the Washington area, including several gatherings hosted by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, her daughter said.

Mrs. Gwynn began her teaching career in 1940 as an English and music teacher and a girls’ basketball coach at Oxon Hill High School. From the 1950s through the 1970s, she was a substitute teacher in Prince George’s County public schools.

She was a past chapter president of the Lady Lions Club in Clinton and a past president and docent at the Surratt Society, a volunteer organization that supports the historic Surratt House in Clinton.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Clinton, where she was the children’s choir director and organist in the 1950s and ’60s. She sang in the choir at Ginger Cove, where she had lived since 1992.

Her husband of 48 years, Thomas S. Gwynn Jr., died in 1990. Survivors include four children, Sally Evans of Annapolis, Thomas S. Gwynn III of Bowie, Juliette Gwynn of Hyattsville and Loleta Gwynn of Chevy Chase; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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