Maud Dulany Jones, 89, Garrison Forest teacher

December 29, 2003|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Maud Dulany Jones, a longtime teacher of drama and horseback riding at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, died of heart failure Friday at Brightwood Center in Lutherville. She was 89.

She taught at Garrison Forest, her alma mater, from 1952 until 1980, parlaying her lifelong affections for horses and the theater into a teaching career.

She was born Maud Dulany Barker in Charmian, Pa., and was raised in Annapolis.

She began riding when she was 10 and did not stop until she broke several ribs and punctured a lung after falling off a horse at age 76, said her son, Edwin Baird Jones of Chicago.

"They were paying her to ride horses," her son said, explaining why she took the teaching job at Garrison.

Katharine Hoffman of Green Spring Valley taught riding with her at Garrison and remembered her friend as a spirited and skilled instructor.

"She was very well-trained, but we also had a lot of fun with the kids," Mrs. Hoffman said. "We were doing the thing they really enjoyed doing."

Mrs. Jones also hunted foxes with the Greenspring Hounds and the Carrollton Hounds, and passed her love of riding and hunting to her son and to her daughter, Dulany Howland Noble of Upperco.

She loved musicals, acting and singing in various Baltimore-area theaters including Cockpit In Court, Center Stage, the Straw Hat Theater, Schraft's Colony 7 and Catonsville Community College. She met her husband, Lee Richardson Jones, a surveyor, while they were acting together in Baltimore's Paint and Powder repertory. "She felt sorry for him because he couldn't sing," her son said.

After she graduated from Garrison in 1934, she took a job arranging flowers for a Baltimore florist, a job she held until she began teaching. She married in 1942 and soon after, her husband entered the Army, serving in England, France and Poland during World War II. She took flying lessons, hoping to get work ferrying bombers to the troops in Europe so she could visit him, her son said. But she never flew any such missions and lost interest in flying after the war.

She and her husband settled on a 17-acre farm in Owings Mills, where they grew peaches, apples, tomatoes and many types of flowers. Mr. Jones died in 2001, shortly after the couple moved to Brightwood.

Mrs. Jones regularly attended the Baltimore Cotillion and the Baltimore Assembly with her husband. They so enjoyed socializing that they flew to Europe for parties on many occasions, her son said. She was also an avid lover of art and music, and was a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, and a subscriber to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, having been descended from Daniel Dulany, the Annapolis lawyer who planned the town of Frederick before losing his land because he showed Tory sympathies.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

In addition to her son and daughter, she is survived by a granddaughter.

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