Caroline B.T. Maddux

[ Age 76 ] Real estate agent and volunteer was a duplicate bridge life master

October 21, 2006

Caroline B.T. Maddux, a retired real estate agent and volunteer, died of ovarian cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Roland Park resident was 76.

Caroline Byrd Tall was born and raised in Baltimore. Her father, Luther Tall, a Baltimore haberdasher, had owned and operated Payne and Merrill, a venerable Charles Street men's clothing store.

She was a 1948 graduate of Roland Park Country School and attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va.

"She wanted to go to New York and become a Rockette, but her father wouldn't let her go above the Mason-Dixon Line, so he sent her to college in Virginia instead," said a daughter, Holly L. Maddux, a Towson writer.

In 1951, she married Thomas Henderson "Tuck" Maddux III, who worked for Black & Decker Corp. and later became the president and owner of American Stone Mix Co.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Maddux earned her real estate license at age 52. She worked as a residential agent for 12 years for Roland Park-based Chase Fitzgerald & Co. Inc. She retired in 1993.

She was a volunteer at what is now the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and had served on the boards of the Anna Emory Warfield Foundation and the women's auxiliary of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A duplicate bridge player, she was a life master. She enjoyed golf, tennis and skiing, and liked spending winters in Delray Beach, Fla., and summers at a second home in Bethany Beach, Del.

"She was very bright and had a fabulous sense of humor," Ms. Maddux said. "She loved funny stories and anecdotes. She lit up a room."

Mrs. Maddux was a member of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday.

Also surviving are her husband of 55 years; a son, Thomas H. Maddux of Ruxton; another daughter, Jenny M. Washburne of Ruxton; and seven grandchildren. Another son, James Maddux, died in 1951.

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