I. Pearl Williams Recreation supervisor

August 07, 1992

I. Pearl Williams, a retired district supervisor for the Baltimore Bureau of Recreation, died Monday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital.

Services for Miss Williams, who was 88 and lived in the Marylander Apartments, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

A playground named for her was opened June 28 on the deck of the Recreation Pier in Fells Point.

Though she retired as a district supervisor in 1964, much of her career of 42 years was spent as supervisor of children's activities.

In the early 1920s, she became a part-time playground manager for the old Playground Athletic League, which preceded the recreation bureau. While working at playgrounds, including Latrobe Park, Druid Hill Park and Patterson Park, she also taught arts and crafts at the Calvert School from 1923 to 1928. In 1929, she became a supervisor.

Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of the Evening High School at City College and the Playground Athletic Training School. She also studied at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute.

Miss Williams was a founder of the Recreation Pioneers of Baltimore and a former vice president of the group, which named her to its Recreation Hall of Fame in 1977.

She taught at the Playground Athletic Training School and later at the in-service training school of the Bureau of Recreation and helped organize the bureau's volunteer corps.

She is survived by two sisters, Elsie Ross of Tampa, Fla., and Doris Pensel of Easton; and a friend, Virginia S. Baker of Baltimore.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Recreation Pioneers of Baltimore.

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