Lucinda M. Primrose, 99, taught art for 50 years

November 17, 2003

Lucinda Mealy Primrose, who taught art at Baltimore private schools for a half-century, died Friday of respiratory failure at Stroh Hall, a nursing facility at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 99.

Mary Lucinda Mealy was born in Baltimore County and raised in Mount Washington. She graduated from the Madeira School in McLean, Va., and attended Maryland Institute of Art, where she received a scholarship to study in Europe.

Soon after graduating from the institute in 1927, she married Frank Primrose Jr. They lived in Roland Park for several years and then moved to Pikesville with their young son. Mr. Primrose, who owned Loudon Nurseries in Pikesville, died in 1985. Their son, Frank Primrose III, died about four years ago.

Mrs. Primrose taught art at Friends School in Baltimore in the early 1930s until 1938, when she became an art teacher at the Garrison Forest School. She stayed there until her retirement in 1983.

"She always had a pad and pencil with her wherever she went," said her daughter, Mary Primrose Hopson of Stratton, Maine. Although her mother made pen-and-ink drawings, Mrs. Hopson said, her real passion was pottery.

Mrs. Primrose, affectionately known as "Cinders," took pottery classes at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She and several female classmates founded the Potter's Guild of Baltimore in 1956. She also sold pottery at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington.

In 1961, Mrs. Primrose and her husband moved to an old farmhouse they restored in Fowblesburg. Her original artwork decorated the house, which also contained a pottery studio.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon and the Roslyn Garden Club.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

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