Greer Inez Dean Faulkner, 57, public housing official

May 07, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Greer Inez Dean Faulkner, director of a Housing Authority of Baltimore City program, died April 30 at Sinai Hospital after complications from surgery. She was 57 and lived in the Gwynn Oak section of Northwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Faulkner ran two public housing sites -- Primrose Place on Caton Avenue in Southwest Baltimore and Claremont Homes on Clareway in Northeast Baltimore, where elderly residents receive lodging and meals.

Mrs. Faulkner was responsible for the care of about 300 people, often dipping into her pocketbook to help a client in need.

"She was loved by her seniors," said Matawia Pressley, a co-worker and friend. "She fought the city and state for their needs."

Whereas other city housing sites for the elderly provide apartments for self-sufficient residents, the places Mrs. Faulkner administered supplied hot meals, companionship and recreation.

"Her gentle voice belied her inner strengths," said Rosemary Terry, another co-worker who resides in Baltimore. "She had a lot of pride in the way she looked, too."

Mrs. Faulkner also was known to have a sympathetic ear when her colleagues needed attention.

Aware that time can hang heavily for the elderly, she arranged weekend entertainment -- dances and musical programs -- as well as prayer breakfasts for her residents.

Born in Baltimore, Greer Inez Simms was a graduate of Edmondson High School. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Morgan State University in 1970 and her master's degree in early childhood education from Coppin State.

Earlier in her career, she ran the Olive Caulk Day Care Center at Hollander Ridge public housing site in East Baltimore. She also served as talent coordinator for "Entertainment Plus," a weekly show on the Baltimore City local access cable television channel. In 1965, she married Larry Dean Faulkner, a Morgan University mass-communications teacher and popular Baltimore broadcasting personality. He died in 1985.

Funeral services will be held at noon tomorrow at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, Pennsylvania Avenue and Dolphin Street.

Mrs. Faulkner is survived by a brother, Harrison Logan of Baltimore, and several nieces and nephews.

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