Mae Peck-Williams, retired teacher

April 12, 1995|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Mae W. Peck-Williams, a retired teacher and a former national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, died Thursday at Keswick of cardiovascular disease. She was 88.

Mrs. Peck-Williams retired in 1972 after 41 years of teaching English and Latin in the Baltimore school system, including assignments at Douglass High School, where she was head of the English department, and at Lemmel Junior High School.

After she retired, she worked for Maryland Public Television as a consultant on instructional television, supervising production of printed materials to accompany the programs.

From 1944 until 1947, she was president of the service sorority, which honored her for her contributions at its convention last summer in St. Louis.

Born in Baltimore, the former Mae Wright was a graduate of Douglass and also attended the Cushing Academy.

She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Tufts University, where she graduated with honors. She later earned a master's degree at New York University and did graduate work at Columbia, American, Morgan State and Towson State universities.

For a time, she operated Camp Breeze, a summer camp for girls that she started in the 1930s on family property in Shady Side.

Mrs. Peck-Williams was a former president of the National Pan Hellenic Council and a member of the boards of the Baltimore Urban League and the Baltimore Branch of the American Association of University Women.

She was a former vice president of the local chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, and had been president of the local unit of the Northeasterns.

She was a charter member of the Philomathians, a group of women scholars that was started in Baltimore in 1932, and had been a member of the President's Advisory Committee to the Council of Economic Advisers.

She was a member of the CC's, the Octavians and the Monday Nighters bridge clubs.

Mrs. Peck-Williams was co-author of a published Gothic novel, "Shadow and Shield," and maintained friendships with a number of authors and performers, including Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson.

She had been active in local Democratic election campaigns.

Mrs. Peck-Williams was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a former member of Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity.

She belonged to the St. Cecilia Guild for many years.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, Arlington at Lafayette avenues.

Her first husband, Warren Peck, died in 1974. She is survived by her husband, Arnett Williams of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, DuBois Williams of New Orleans; and two step-grandchildren.

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