Carole Elaine Johnson Todd

Carole Elaine Johnson Todd ( )

Carole E. Todd, a retired city public school educator and guidance counselor, died Nov. 24 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of burns. She was 72.

Ms. Todd, who had lived at Milford Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville, suffered burns after she dropped a lit cigarette into her wheelchair, said Laura Johnson, a cousin-in-law who lives in Pelham, N.Y.

The daughter of Henry C. Johnson and Cordelia Nelson Johnson, both educators, the former Carole Elaine Johnson was born and raised in Baltimore. After graduating in 1959 from Western High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1964 from Morgan State University. She later earned a master's degree from Coppin State University.

Ms. Todd began teaching in the 1960s and had taught at several city public schools, including Edmondson High School. At the time of her retirement in 2003, she was a guidance counselor at Carver Vocational Technical High School.

"I think it is compelling that she followed in her parents' footsteps and pursued a career in academia, and that she worked at Carver where her father had been principal," said Ms. Johnson. "Her mother had been a special education teacher and later a librarian in Baltimore public schools."

Ms. Todd was the recipient of many awards and citations during her many years at Carver, family members said.

"Carole was also instrumental in getting many of her students into college with scholarships," said Ms. Johnson.

Ms. Todd, a longtime resident of the city's Beechfield neighborhood, moved to the nursing home several years ago.

An accomplished cook, Ms. Todd enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She also was a fan of movies and talk radio.

"Carole was the go-to source for everything. She knew where to buy the best soul food and whom to call in city government for help," said Ms. Johnson. "She appeared to know everyone and she had an opinion to share about any topic, a skill she acquired watching the news and listening to talk radio."

Ms. Todd was a longtime member of Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to Ms. Johnson, Ms. Todd is survived by 11 cousins and an aunt. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com