Toni Jean Menchan, 55, a former principal who supervised the summer school and Junior ROTC programs for the Prince George's County public schools for the last five years, died of cancer Nov. 16 at her home in Mitchellville.
During the last few years, Mrs. Menchan also helped spearhead an effort to bring the Civil Air Patrol program into a handful of county middle schools to achieve discipline and build self-esteem.
Mrs. Menchan was born in Greenville, Miss., and graduated in 1966 from what is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
She received a master's degree in educational administration from Bowie State University in 1976.
She taught science and math in Mississippi high schools before moving to the Washington area in 1969.
During the next nine years, she was a science and math teacher and then administrative assistant at several middle and high schools in Prince George's County.
In Hyattsville, she was vice principal at Northwestern High School from 1978 to 1983 and principal of Nicholas Orem Middle School from 1983 to 1992.
She was principal of Lord Baltimore Middle School in Fort Washington from 1992 to 1994.
The county school system named her Educator of the Year in 1991.
She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta service sorority and Greater Mount Nebo AME Church in Upper Marlboro. Her hobbies included shopping.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Dillard Menchan, of Mitchellville; a son, Orin Menchan of Mitchellville; her mother, Julia Patterson of Mitchellville; and a sister.