Julia T. Burleigh, philanthropist, 95

September 14, 2002

Julia T. Burleigh, a philanthropist who established several scholarship funds, died of heart failure Wednesday at Meridian Nursing Center in Centreville. She was 95.

Born in Centreville, Queen Anne's County, the former Julia Thomas graduated from Centreville High School in 1924 and received a bachelor's degree in language from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1929.

She taught language at St. Anne's School in Charlottesville, Va., and worked as a legal secretary for law firms in Baltimore until 1938. Mrs. Burleigh then worked for the U.S. State Department as an information editorial specialist until her father died suddenly in 1951.

She returned to Centreville to run the family business, which included an oil distributorship and farms.

In 1980, Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) appointed her an honorary trustee, and she established the school's Queen Anne's County Scholarship Fund. She later established scholarships at Sweet Briar College, Chesapeake College and the Baltimore Community Foundation, said a cousin, James H. Barton of Queen Anne.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Church in Centreville.

She has no immediate survivors.

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