Helen M. Braun, 95, homemaker, art director

February 01, 2005

Helen M. Braun, a homemaker and former department store art director, died Wednesday of complications from surgery for a broken hip at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 95.

Born Helen Mary McCaffray, the Mount Washington native was a 1927 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and earned a degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She became a fashion artist for the May Co. and later was art director for the old Hochschild Kohn department store in downtown Baltimore, overseeing its newspaper advertising design. She left to raise her family.

She led children's tours at the Baltimore Museum of Art and was a former president of the Green Thumb Garden Club. She was also a board member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and designed posters to promote its speakers.

Mrs. Braun was a member of the Walters Art Museum, the St. Elizabeth Guild, the Maryland Colonial Society and the Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary.

She was twice widowed. Her first husband, Owen C. McFadden, an apartment manager and developer, died in 1968. Her second husband, Fred J. Braun, an advertising executive, died in 1979.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Owen C. McFadden Jr. of Powhatan, Va.; two stepdaughters, Kathleen Dollenberg of Lutherville and Virginia Hand of Beltsville; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. A son, Edmund F. McFadden, died in 1986.

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