Mrs. Claudia E. Harper Sturm

b. 29 Sep 1913 - Norfolk, VA
d. 18 May 1991 - Newport News, VA

Longwood College, B. S.
University of Virginia
College of William and Mary


1962 Anchor, p. 29


Claudia Harper Sturm, 76, died Saturday, May 18, in York Convalescent Center.

A native of Norfolk, Mrs.
Sturm had been a Peninsula resident for 61 years.

She retired as a school teacher with the Newport News Public Schools after more than 30 years of service, mostly in Newport News High School.

was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. She graduated from Longwood College, Farmville, and did graduate work at the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy S. Lakin of Newport News; three grandsons; and one great-grandson.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight in Peninsula Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in Peninsula Memorial Park by the Father James C. Ditty.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association, 753 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News 23606, or a favorite charity.

Published in the Daily Press on 5/19/91.

Mrs. Sturm taught me both freshman and sophomore English.  Although we covered the entire spectrum of language
related topics, I most clearly remember writing themes in class.  She would write a topic on the board at the beginning
of class, and we would take the entire period to expound upon it.  More than once, I recall the topic was "Hitch Your Wagon
to a Star".  Like all of our splendid NNHS teachers, she taught us to aim high and to excel.  I wish I had thanked her, just once.

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 08/12/06

My (great) Uncle Henry (Sturm) went on to the University
of Virginia...
- Lawrence Thibault of AL - 09/27/08
... It turns out the your grandfather's brother, Henry J. Sturm was married to Claudia Harper Sturm... Henry J. Sturm, Jr.
(b. 15 May 1911 - VA; d. Dec 1981 - Newport News, VA)
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/29/08
WOWZERONI! Thanks, Dave!
NNHS 1931

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Obituary added on 04/22/08

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