P. David Hutchinson, 59, ran nonprofit program, opened clubs for teens

February 08, 2000|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

P. David Hutchinson, who ran a club for teen-agers in Essex during the 1960s and was executive director of a nonprofit program for troubled boys in Baltimore and Harford counties, died Thursday of cancer at his Fallston home. He was 59.

The eldest son of one of the most politically active families in Essex, Hutchinson had a long history of community service that included working with teens; holding such government posts as assistant to former Baltimore County Executive Theodore G. Venetoulis; and backing the campaigns of his brother, former state Sen. and Baltimore County Executive Donald P. Hutchinson, and other public officials.

Mr. Hutchinson graduated from Kenwood High School in 1959 and attended the University of Baltimore. He held government jobs as a court clerk and deputy sheriff.

In 1963, Mr. Hutchinson opened the Camelot Club for teens, and in 1966 he and friend Dr. Ben Macks bought and operated Hollywood Park, a popular gathering place for Baltimore County youths.

"Hollywood Park was basically the place to be," said friend Gene Bracken, a spokesman for the Greater Baltimore Committee, of which Mr. Hutchinson's brother is president.

In the 1970s, Mr. Hutchinson joined several political campaigns. Hutchinson co-managed his brother's campaign for the state Senate in 1974, and the statewide presidential primary campaign for California Gov. Jerry Brown in 1976.

Mr. Hutchinson also worked on his brother's successful campaign for Baltimore County executive in 1978, and C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger's campaign for that office in 1994.

The primary focus of his life over the last 15 years of his life had been Learning to Lean, a 24-hour, state-licensed program he founded that provides support for abused and neglected boys and young men from ages 14 to 21.

Services were held yesterday at Essex United Methodist Church.

In addition to his brother, Mr. Hutchinson is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Jo-Ann Boyd, of Fallston; a son, David Macks Hutchinson of Essex; a daughter, former Del. Leslie E. Hutchinson of Essex; a grandson, Brent Hutchinson of Essex; and his mother, Evelyn Hutchinson of Essex. A marriage to the former Leslie Wilson ended in divorce.

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