Patricia A. L. Krongard, 60, photographer, volunteer, traveler

June 18, 2000

Patricia Amburg Lion Krongard, an avid photographer, traveler and children's advocate, died Thursday of lung disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 60.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mrs. Krongard lived in Lutherville with her husband, A. B. "Buzzy" Krongard, counselor to the director of Central Intelligence and formerly the chairman and CEO of Alex. Brown Inc.

Mrs. Krongard attended the Bryn Mawr School for Girls and graduated from the Park School. She married Mr. Krongard in 1961 and the couple had three sons in the 1960s. Later in life, she continued her education, earning her bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1977 and her master's degree in art education in 1989, both from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Mrs. Krongard traveled throughout the world, always carrying her camera. "She's been to Afghanistan, Nepal, Russia, China," said her son, Timothy Lion Krongard of Glyndon.

Her photographs reflected a sympathetic curiosity, with a portfolio of portraits of law enforcement officers across the country and artists around the world. The latter were displayed at the Children's Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Her collection of photographs titled "Children of the World, the Worlds of Children" was displayed for six months at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services library for medical students. "She had an uncanny ability to charm any child. The pictures are exquisite," said Karen Carroll, graduate director for art education at MICA.

Her husband and sons said Mrs. Krongard brought the same exuberance to other spheres of her life, befriending strangers, inviting artists to stay at their house and giving lavish parties that people would long remember, such as one for Mr. Krongard's 45th birthday at the Mansion House at the Baltimore Zoo.

As her three sons grew older, her participation in philanthropy and devotion to photography increased. She leaves a legacy of good works, which include founding the Mounted Patrol Foundation, which supports the horse patrol of the Baltimore Police Department, to organizing the Peabody Institute's Springtime Fair to serving on the advisory board of the state Juvenile Service Administration. One last act before her illness in February was helping to create a Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Hospital for Children, said Dr. Jay Perman, the pediatrics department head.

Mrs. Krongard's philanthropy carried a creative stamp. She was not afraid to try new things, such as bringing together art-student interns and juvenile offenders, said Carroll of the Maryland Institute.

No services will be held.

Mrs. Krongard is survived by two other sons, Alexander Lion Krongard of Southern Pines, N.C., and Randall Harris Krongard of Los Angeles; a sister, Margo A. Lion of New York; and two grandsons.

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