Winifred SullivanRetail executiveWinifred "Ginger...


September 18, 1993

Winifred Sullivan

Retail executive

Winifred "Ginger" Sullivan, a retired retail executive with Hochschild Kohn, died Aug. 26 of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice. She was 74.

She retired in 1982 from the Baltimore department store chain, where she began her career in the Harundale branch in 1962. She eventually was transferred to the Eastpoint store as personnel administrator and then advanced to the Columbia store, where she was assistant store manager. Her last post was supervisor of sales audit for the chain.

After leaving Hochschild Kohn, she held several positions with the Greater Baltimore Merchant Employees Credit Union. She retired a second time in 1987.

One of 17 children, she was born in Ynysddu, Wales, and was reared on the nearby family farm, which was called Pen Crug. She received her education there and was a 1939 graduate of the Merthyr Tydfil School of Nursing. During World War II, she was a free-lance nurse working in hospitals in London, Cardiff and Swansea.

She emigrated to the United States in 1946 as a war bride and lived in Windsor Hills while her husband, Richard C. Sullivan, attended the University of Maryland Law School. He was called back to service during the Korean War, and the couple traveled to Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and France before returning to Maryland.

They were divorced in 1964.

Mrs. Sullivan, an active volunteer in retirement, moved to Primrose Place, a high-rise apartment complex for the elderly at Wilkens and Caton avenues, and was awarded The Sunpapers' Good Cheer Award in 1983. She was the subject of a profile in The Sun Magazine in December 1983.

She also was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Citizenship from Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Sullivan also knitted and crocheted.

A private memorial service was held Aug. 30 at Stella Maris Chapel.

She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn S. Hilgartner of Towson and Patricia S. Phillips of Millersville; four brothers, Wyndham Morris, Edwin Morris, Roland Morris and Trevor Morris, all of Wales; nine sisters, Rena M. Archer of Toronto, June M. Leeming, Marian M. Cartwright, and Dilwen M. Kemsley, all of England, and Patricia M. Edwards, Drucilla M. Jones, Olwen M. Richards, Goleu M. Stokes, and Bronwyn M. Jukes, all of Wales.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204. Frances Berry Hill, professor emeritus of music at Morgan State University, died Thursday of complications of cancer at the Carriage Hill Special Care Residence in Silver Spring. She was 85 and had been living with her daughter in Washington.

Mrs. Hill, who retired in 1976, had joined the Morgan State faculty in 1937.

"She epitomized the best in music at Morgan State and was the heart and soul of our music department." said Nathan Carter, chairman of the Department of Fine Arts and director of the university's choir.

As teacher of musical theory and harmony, he said, she gave students with little formal musical training the theoretical and technical knowledge needed in all fields of music. He described her as "an active vibrant person" who worked closely with him and accompanied the choir.

Lawrence K. Montgomery, Morgan's director of alumni affairs and acting vice president for institutional advancement, had been an instrumental music major at Morgan, studying the trumpet. He described Mrs. Hill as a "fantastic teacher, firm but gentle," who made him practice the piano a lot while taking her basic musicianship course.

Learning to play the piano was required, but he "did not have a lot of dexterity or interest," he said. "She convinced me the only way to get through the course was to practice."

Mrs. Hill, from the 1940s into the 1970s, was the pianist at graduation and baccalaureate services and was the organist for services at the Morgan Christian Center.

Her husband of 49 years, Talmadge L. "Marse" Hill, died in 1982. He was a coach of winning football and basketball teams at the university, and the couple lived on the campus or in nearby Morgan Park for many years.

Especially while living on campus near the stadium, Mrs. Hill was the hostess for many receptions following football games, especially after homecoming and the season-closing game on Thanksgiving.

The former Frances Berry was born in Lynchburg, Va., and was valedictorian of her class at Dunbar High School there. In 1928, she was graduated with great honors from Morgan, and four years later received a bachelor's of music from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Later, she earned a master's degree from New York University.

A charter member of the Morgan Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, she was also a member of the Links Inc., the Morgan University Women, the Cornelia, the Quettes, the Boule Wives and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of several card clubs.

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