Inez Duffin Key

November 30, 1990

Inez Duffin Key, 98, who headed home economics departments at two Baltimore high schools, died Nov. 16 at Keswick after a heart attack.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at the Russ funeral establishment, 2222 W. North Ave.

Mrs. Key lived on Druid Hill Avenue for many years. She retired in 1965 from Frederick Douglass High School. She also headed the home economics department at Dunbar High School and supervised home economics teaching in evening school programs during more than 40 years in the city school system.

Earlier, she was a dietitian at what is now Bowie State University and at what is now Winston-Salem University in North Carolina. She also was a consultant to other schools.

The former Inez Harriet Duffin was born in Poolesville and graduated from what is now Hampton University in Virginia. She earned a master's degree at Columbia University and did further graduate work at Rutgers University, the University of Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley.

She was a former president of the DuBois Circle and also had led a civic organization in the 2200 block of Druid Hill Ave.

She was a member of the National Education Association, retired teacher organizations and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She was a supporter of Union Baptist Church.

Mrs. Key wrote more than 200 poems, some of them published.

Her husband, Charles C. Key, who was dean of men at Morgan State University, died in 1952.

Mrs. Key is survived by a niece, Sandra Mills of Washington.

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