Anne McCormick-Almond, 88, community volunteer

March 29, 2006

Anne McCormick-Almond, who served on philanthropic boards, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Blakehurst, where she had resided since the Towson retirement community opened in 1993. The former Homeland resident was 88.

Born Cornelia Anne Wollman in Baltimore and raised on Guilford Avenue, she was a 1933 graduate of Eastern High School. While attending Goucher College, she belonged to Gamma Phi Beta.

Family members said that she was a longtime member of the Sherwood Forest Club and won awards in diving and golf. She was named the club's 1933 Girl of the Year.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Johns Hopkins Women's Board, the Center Club and the Baltimore Country Club.

Her board memberships included the United Way of Central Maryland, the Associates of the University of Richmond, the Chesapeake National Bank and the Baltimore City Unit of the American Cancer Society.

In 1943 she married Charles P. McCormick Sr., president and chairman of McCormick & Co., the spice company.

Family members said she worked alongside her husband in his national and international business. She was a host of the International Labor Organization's American delegation at its Geneva, Switzerland, meetings for many years. She traveled with her husband on his business trips before his 1970 death.

In 1974 she married Towson attorney Saunders M. Almond Jr. He died in 1994.

Services are private.

Survivors include two sons, John Grayson McCormick of Stevenson and Robert Neville McCormick of Lyle, Wash.; two sisters, Helen Wollman Sheats of Baltimore and Virginia Wollman Deaver of Aptos, Calif.; three stepsons, Charles P. McCormick Jr. of Stuart, Fla., Saunders M. Almond III of Oregon and John Howard Almond of Monkton; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Howard Almond of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 13 step-grandchildren.

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