Margaret Newman White, 90, extension service chief

April 22, 2003

Margaret Newman White, a retired chief Baltimore County home extension agent, died of heart failure Sunday at the College Manor nursing home in Lutherville. The Towson resident was 90.

Born and raised in Princess Anne, Miss White earned a degree in home economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and did additional study at Cornell University.

She taught home economics at public high schools in Maryland and Michigan in the 1930s before becoming a chemistry worker at the Navy's Indian Head laboratory during and after World War II.

In 1951, Miss White became a Baltimore County home extension agent. She headed the Baltimore County Cooperative Extension Service from 1964 until her 1973 retirement, when a program compiled about her life for the occasion said she had taught homemaking skills to 3,000 people.

For many years, she was a crafts judge at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

Family members said she was an accomplished weaver and textile artist who used her talents to teach and supervise education programs for homemakers groups and 4-H clubs. She also developed programs used at the state's Spring Grove Hospital Center.

Miss White had an extraordinary memory and could recite the ingredients in a certain recipe or the pattern for a knitted item, the family said. "She could do everything from making rugs to making a crab casserole," said her niece Doris H. Burke of Loch Raven Village.

Miss White also researched family genealogy and was a fan of the Orioles and University of Maryland sports teams.

She was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

Services are private. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

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