Jeannette Millar Hush, city recreation coordinator

June 20, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Jeannette Millar Hush, a retired city recreation coordinator known for remembering all the children she worked with, died of cancer Thursday at the Greenery Extended Care Center in Canton. She was 82.

Mrs. Hush retired from the Bureau of Recreation in 1976 from a career she began in 1931 when the department was called the Playground Athletic League.

She was a participant and coordinator of many recreational activities, including the Girls Winter Carnival, which had more than 7,000 contestants during its heyday in the late 1920s and 1930s, and the women's athletic leagues.

Rosaline Lundsford, 64, of Dundalk was 10 when she met Mrs. Hush at a Latrobe Homes recreation center.

"Everybody loved her," said Mrs. Lundsford, who had maintained her friendship with Mrs. Hush. "She treated everybody the same. She didn't dislike anybody, and nobody disliked her."

Mrs. Lundsford said Mrs. Hush became so involved with "her kids" that she often showed up at the pinnacle points in each child's life.

"She was at all my children's first things, christenings, graduations, wedding," Mrs. Lundsford said. "She did that for all the children on the playground. She had a terrific memory. She never forgot anything."

Mrs. Hush worked at Patterson, Easterwood, and Elwood parks and recreation centers throughout the city. She also worked with the Durham Tot Lot, Elmley Playground, and Public School No. 2 in Little Italy.

She was a coordinator in a pilot program to hold Friday night dances for teen-agers. The experiment worked so well that the program was initiated throughout the city.

Mrs. Hush also played on many teams. She was a member of the Motley Club's 1935 Girls Basketball League championship team that defeated the Towson All-Stars to regain the title it had held for 1932-1933.

Mrs. Hush's love for recreation was an extension of her participation in activities in the Canton area where she grew up. She had often said the YWCA on Clinton Street was her favorite place.

"She was an institution in playgrounds throughout the city," said M. Elliott Randolph Jr., who knew her for 20 years. "She really . . . brought a lot of sunshine to thousands of kids."

Mrs. Hush attended city public schools and graduated from Eastern High School in 1930.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Matthews Funeral Home, 3021 Eastern Ave.

Her husband, William H. Hush, died in 1975. She had no immediate survivors.

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