Nancy S. PerinActive in civic, arts groupsGraveside...


February 10, 1992

Nancy S. Perin

Active in civic, arts groups

Graveside services for Nancy Symington Perin, who was active in Baltimore civic and arts affairs, will be at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas's Church, Garrison.

Mrs. Perin died of cancer yesterday at her home in Cockeysville. She was 79.

She served for 20 years as an assistant in the art department at the Johns Hopkins University and at the Baltimore Museum of Art. In the mid-1930s, she helped manage an art gallery in Paris owned by a friend from childhood, the late Ambassador John Garrett and his wife.

Mrs. Perin was a former volunteer at Children's Hospital, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Historical Society.

Her interests included the Garden Club of America, Baltimore Civic Opera, Baltimore Symphony and Maryland Point-to-Point Racing. Family members said she was considered an outstanding horsewoman who had hunted fox in Maryland, England and France.

Mrs. Perin was a member of the Mount Vernon Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Garden Club of Twenty. She also was a former director of the Evergreen Foundation.

During World War II, Mrs. Perin worked as a nurse's aide in the Veterans Hospital in Baltimore. Fluent in French, Italian and German, Mrs. Perin also served as a translator in the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Perin was born in Baltimore and was educated at the Bryn Mawr School, the French School in New York and the Queensgate School in London.

She made her debut to Maryland society at the Bachelors Cotillon in 1930 and was presented at the Court of St. James's to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935.

Mrs. Perin married Baltimore attorney Lawrence Perin in 1937. The couple divorced in 1949.

Surviving are a son, Oliver Perin of Pasadena, Calif.; two brothers, J. Fife Symington of Baltimore and Donald Symington of Brewster, N.Y.; and a sister, Leith Symington Griswold of Monkton.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Children's Hospital, 3825 Green Spring Ave., Baltimore.

Henry Walter Klapp

Federal building manager

Services for Henry Walter Klapp, a federal government building manager for 35 years, will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Burgee-Henss Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

Mr. Klapp died of cancer Saturday at his home on West 37th Street. He was 63.

He had worked as building manager at the Social Security Administration's Metro West building in downtown Baltimore since its opening. Before that, he had been a building manager at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade. He retired in 1989.

Before going to work for the federal government, he worked for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. He was a native Baltimorean.

He was a member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge for 40 years and for several years had been chief steward of Boumi Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Doris Kreiner; and a son, Henry Klapp Jr. of Baltimore.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Chimes School, a Baltimore school for handicapped children.

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