Marjorie H. Bright, 79, environmental activist

April 19, 2005

Marjorie H. Bright, a garden club president and environmental activist, died of a stroke Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 79, and had been a resident of Roland Park Place for the past six years.

Marjorie Humphreys was born in Pittsburgh and earned a degree in economics from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In the 1940s, she did statistical work for the Gallup Poll and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She helped write a statistical history of World War II psychological testing of military personnel for the War Department.

She also was an aerodynamics editor on the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and wrote a monthly guided-missile research bulletin.

In 1947, she married attorney J. Paul Bright Jr. The couple moved in 1949 to Ruxton, where she kept a garden of perennials and trees.

In the 1970s she testified in favor of wetlands preservation before a House of Representatives committee.

She was president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland from 1971 to 1973. She also was a past president of the Bryn Mawr School Parents Association and was active in the McDonogh School and St. Paul's School for Girls parent groups.

She studied painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and was among the founders of the Print and Drawing Society at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She was a communicant of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

No funeral is planned.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, J. Paul Bright III of Baltimore; three daughters, Priscilla D. Bright of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Barbara B. Clawson of Portland, Ore., and Dena H. Bright of The Hague, Netherlands; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

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