Elsie W. Mullinix

[ Age 105 ] Baltimore native handled publicity for opening of Friendship Airport

December 08, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Elsie W. Mullinix, a retired editor and public relations director, died in her sleep Dec. 1 at Roland Park Place. She was 105.

A Baltimore native, she was born Elsie Wingate on Oct. 20, 1901. She was a 1919 graduate of Eastern High School and attended the Johns Hopkins University before her 1923 marriage to Howard Earle Mullinix.

After raising their two sons, Mrs. Mullinix embarked on an editing, radio and public relations career. During World War II, she was a correspondent for Armed Forces Radio and program director for the Fort Meade radio station.

After the war, Mrs. Mullinix was public service director, commentator and director of community-oriented programs for WASL-AM radio in Annapolis. She later joined the public relations firm of Thomas L. Christian Associates and handled all public relations for the 1950 opening of Friendship Airport - now Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

From 1955 to 1961, she was public relations director and fashion show coordinator for Robinson's Department Stores in Glen Burnie, and for Britt's Department Store in Parole from 1962 to 1969.

For many years, Mrs. Mullinix edited Maryland Gardener magazine and taught "fashion, charm and personality development" at the Annapolis YWCA, said her son, Edward W. Mullinix of St. Davids, Pa.

In 1996, she edited Severna Park Reflections, a compilation of remembrances by people who had lived in the Anne Arundel County community, published by Bay Media Inc.

Mrs. Mullinix lived in the area's Round Bay section for 63 years until moving to the Baltimore retirement community in 2000.

"She began to slow down in 2000, but still was walking without a cane. She occasionally enjoyed a social cigarette and wasn't much of a drinker. She had no objection to drinking. It was something that she didn't care a lot about," her son said, adding that she preferred health foods, watched her weight "and complemented this with a vigorous vitamin routine."

Her husband of 57 years, a B&O Railroad claims investigator, died in 1980.

Mrs. Mullinix enjoyed writing poetry and had been a member of St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park.

"There are no services. She donated her body to the Maryland Anatomy Board," her son said.

Also surviving are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her other son, Howard E. Mullinix Jr., died in 1968.


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