Jeanne Louise Parrot Davis, a longtime employee of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and later the city schools, died Dec. 19 at Union Memorial Hospital of lung cancer. She was 75.
Born in Baltimore, Jeanne Louise Parrot graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1945 at the age of 16. She went on to New York University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1949. She was eligible to attend the University of Maryland, but was instead sent on a state scholarship to NYU because Maryland would not accept black students at the time, said her daughter, Marjean K. Funn of Baltimore.
Mrs. Davis' first job was as a reporter at the Afro-American newspaper. She went on to work at the housing authority, where she provided counseling and other support services to public housing residents. She later worked at the Neighborhood Youth Corps, where she helped young people find jobs, and then the city schools, where she helped match students with potential jobs. She retired from the school system in 1985.
Services were held Tuesday.
Mrs. Davis was married to Marvin C. Davis, who died in 2000, for nearly 50 years. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Dr. Marvin P. Davis of Ellicott City, and five grandchilren.