Charlotte McGinnis English, a supporter of programs for the needy who was an arts patron and active in children's theater, died of respiratory failure Saturday at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 70 and a former Homeland resident.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Charlotte McGinnis earned a bachelor's degree in art in 1954 at Pembroke College of Brown University. She later earned a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh.
She was married for more than 30 years to Peter G. English Sr., a Baltimore stockbroker who died in 1990.
Mrs. English had lived in Berwyn, Pa., before moving to Baltimore in 1974. She maintained a lifelong interest in the theater and was active locally in presenting and performing in children's theater productions. She also was an accomplished painter and singer.
Though she had been living in Malibu, Calif., since 1999, she retained a keen interest in the Baltimore political and sports scenes, said Matthew B. Hitt, a Towson lawyer who was her personal representative.
To continue her many charitable endeavors, the Charlotte M. English Private Foundation was created at her death. The foundation's mission, according to Mr. Hitt, is to "help the less fortunate through education, community outreach programs and the arts."
She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow .
Mrs. English is survived by two nephews, George A. English of Malibu and Thomas A. English of Turkey; and a niece, Leslie E. Oursler of Universal City, Kan. Her two sons are deceased: Charles P. English died in 1979 and Peter G. English Jr died in 1999.