Harriett C. `Hally' Dame, 92, active in the community

August 17, 2006

Harriett C. "Hally" Dame, a homemaker who was active in community and civic affairs, died of stroke complications Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 92.

She was born and raised Harriett Carrington Brent at her family's home on Jack Frost Lane in Ruxton. She attended the old Greenwood School and a private school in Florence, Italy.

She made her debut in 1931 at the Bachelors Cotillon and three years later married William Page Dame Jr., a Baltimore attorney. Her husband died in 1987.

A longtime resident of Club Road in Ruxton, Mrs. Dame had served on the board of the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson for more than 50 years. She was a past chairwoman of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and trustee of the Anna Emory Warfield Fund and Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park.

For many years, Mrs. Dame wrote and lectured widely on Maryland history at the Maryland Historical Society and was particularly known for her presentation on "The Baltimore Bonapartes."

Mrs. Dame was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, Society of Ark and Dove, Mount Vernon Club and Elkridge Club.

An avid gardener, she was a member of the Hardy Garden Club and the North Hatley Club in North Hatley, Quebec, where she spent summers.

Mrs. Dame was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton.

Funeral plans were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are a son, William Page Dame III of Lyndonville, Vt.; a daughter, Carrington Dame Cooper of Ruxton; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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