Justine Lewis Keidel, 88, museum docent

April 01, 2003

Justine Lewis Keidel, an art collector and museum docent, died of renal failure Friday at her home in Key Largo, Fla. She was 88.

Justine Lewis was born and raised in York, Pa. Her father, Samuel S. Lewis, was a lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania during the 1940s. She was a graduate of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and earned her bachelor's degree in art in 1937 from Vassar College.

She taught art for several years at Beaver Country Day School, a private school in Boston, before going to work as assistant art editor at the old Boston Transcript newspaper.

She moved to Baltimore after being named public relations director of the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1940. Two years later, she joined the public relations department of the former Glenn L. Martin Co., where she remained during World War II.

In 1942, she married Albert L. Keidel Jr. Mr. Keidel is a former financial vice president and director of the Rouse Co.

For many years, the couple lived at Chattolanee Hill in Baltimore County before moving to the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville in 1995.

Mrs. Keidel enjoyed collecting Asian art, and several years ago donated her collection of Japanese prints to the Walters Art Museum. She had also been a volunteer docent at the Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art for many years.

Mrs. Keidel was an avid gardener and a former president of the Green Spring Valley Garden Club.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Albert L. Keidel III of Bethesda and Christian Lewis Keidel of Devon, Pa.; a daughter, Anne Gordon Keidel of West Newton, Mass.; a sister, Miriam C. Geer of New York City; and four grandchildren.

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