Frederick Bailey Jr., 66, activist in Howard Park

July 17, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Frederick A. Bailey Jr., a longtime activist for the Howard Park community of Northwest Baltimore and a Coppin State College administrator for the past 12 years, died Tuesday of cancer at his home.

Mr. Bailey, 66, also was an organizer of the first Afram festival, the cultural gathering that has become popular since its inception in 1976.

"He was a delightful, down-to-earth person. He was a guy who went out of his way to help people," said Robert C. Verderaime of Baltimore, a lawyer and longtime friend. "He was one of the good people."

In Howard Park, neighbors could depend on Mr. Bailey to make sure the city kept the community clean and performed all services.

"He was really devoted to his neighborhood. He was really proud of his neighborhood," said his daughter, Lydia Bailey of Baltimore.

He often walked through the community -- pen and note pad in hand -- making sure the area was clean, other residents' property was maintained and no illegal activities occurred on the corners.

"He was a real watchdog. Someone who cared," said Howard Warren, who knew Mr. Bailey for three years.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Bailey graduated from Carver Vocational Technical High School in 1950 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Antioch University of Ohio in 1979.

From 1951 to 1953, he served in the Air Force, where he was trained as an electronics technician, responsible for the maintenance and repair of aircraft power equipment.

He worked for a family-run radio and television repair company in Baltimore from 1954 to 1956, then worked for Martin Marietta Corp. as an electronics technician, assigned in Okinawa, Japan, until 1965.

Upon his return to the United States, he settled in the Howard Park neighborhood and worked several jobs before he joined the Human Relations and Personnel Administration office at Coppin

State in 1986. He was employed there at the time of his death.

He was a longtime member of All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Liberty Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, the former Vivian Turnipseed, whom he married in 1953; two sons, Michael Bailey and Kenneth Bailey, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/17/98


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