Frances Parker Matthai, 82, Bryn Mawr librarian

January 16, 2003

Frances Parker Matthai, retired Bryn Mawr School librarian and former state tennis champion, died of a stroke Sunday at Brightwood Center Genesis Eldercare in Lutherville. She was 82.

Born and raised in Owings Mills, Miss Matthai was the granddaughter of Horatio Parker, composer and professor of music at the Yale University School of Music. She was the sister of the late H. Parker Matthai, a Baltimore architect who assisted in the design of the city's World Trade Center.

Miss Matthai was a 1939 graduate of Garrison Forest School, and earned her bachelor's degree in 1943 from Bryn Mawr College. She later earned a master's degree in American literature there.

In her youth, she won state and local tennis championships in the 1930s and 1940s.

Miss Matthai began her career as an educator at Garrison Forest, where she taught English and Latin. In 1965, she joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr School, where, in addition to teaching English and Latin, she served as the school librarian. She retired in 1985.

Miss Matthai enjoyed raising donkeys, chickens and vegetables on her small Owings Mills farm.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Garrison Forest, where Miss Matthai had been a member of the Altar Guild and choir member.

Survivors include three nieces, Alexandra Matthai of Stevensville, Deborah Kane of Fairfax, Va., and Fredrica Donner of Herndon, Va.

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