Vivienne V. Wilson, 83, Roland Park volunteer

April 03, 2004

Vivienne V. Wilson, a volunteer and collector of documents relating to the development of Roland Park, died of lung cancer Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 83.

Born Vivienne Vera Simon in Baltimore, she was raised in Forest Park. She was a 1938 graduate of Forest Park High School and attended Hood College and Mount St. Agnes College.

During World War II, she was a secretary to a Baltimore physician. In 1943, she married Harrison Robins III, who was killed a year later during a bombing mission over Japan.

In 1947, she married William H.C. Wilson, founder and president of W.H.C. Wilson & Co., a Roland Park real estate company. He died in 2000.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Wilson lived on Hawthorne Road in Roland Park, and she enjoyed collecting historic documents related to development of the then-suburban garden community dating to the 1890s. She moved recently to Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson.

She was active in the Roland Park Community Foundation, the Roland Park library branch and Roland Park Elementary School.

She helped run the Nearly New Shop and was a communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include three sons, Christopher C. Wilson and Jeffrey H. Wilson, both of Cockeysville, and Daniel S. Wilson of Baltimore; a brother, F. Lester Simon Jr. of the Hampton section of Baltimore County; and nine grandchildren.

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