Anne W. Parr, 79, fashion model active in civic organizations

October 16, 2002|By Denise E. Palmer | Denise E. Palmer,SUN STAFF

Anne W. Parr, a former fashion model who was active in civic organizations and clubs, died of complications from surgery Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 79 and lived in Guilford.

Anne Weremey was born and raised in Baltimore. She attended Baltimore public schools and earned her associate's degree from Mount St. Agnes College in 1943.

She began a career in fashion and soon was in charge of fashions for the Hochschild Kohn department store at Howard and Lexington streets. She worked closely with a member of the Kohn family in the fashion department and traveled to New York to attend shows and select merchandise for the store.

She also staged fashion shows in the department store, and her husband of 51 years, Leonard Parr, an industrial real estate broker, recalls a memorable one "when the models paraded with dogs."

Mrs. Parr also modeled gloves for Lilly Dache, a noted designer of women's fashions and accessories during the 1930s and 1940s. She also modeled lipstick for Revson, family members said.

After marrying, Mrs. Parr devoted herself to her family and community. She belonged to many groups, including the Baltimore Civic Opera Guild, Women's Civic League, Women's Auxiliary for Goodwill Industries, and Daughters of the British Empire.

She also served as executive secretary of the English-Speaking Union. In this capacity, she organized a party for Prince Andrew of Great Britain when he visited Baltimore.

Mrs. Parr was an active member of garden clubs, including ones in Gibson Island, Roland Park and Guilford .

She was a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Baltimore, where services were held Monday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Maria K. Parr of Annapolis.

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