Jane L.W. Bailey

[Age 81] The Eastern Shore magazine publisher was an active supporter of the arts and a student of other cultures.

October 08, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN REPORTER

Jane L.W. Bailey, former owner, publisher and editor of the Tidewater Times, an Eastern Shore monthly magazine, and a patron of the arts, died Friday of complications from leukemia at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The longtime Somerset County resident was 81.

Born Jane Lenore Wulf in Scarsdale, N.Y., she moved with her family in the 1930s to Royal Oak and later Salisbury, when her father established the Eastern Shore Gas Co.

After graduating from Wicomico High School in 1943, she attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va., for two years before enrolling at the University of Missouri, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1947.

Mrs. Bailey's lifelong interest in Latin American culture began in the late 1940s when she lived and taught in Costa Rica and later the Dominican Republic.

She returned to Salisbury in the early 1950s, and took over the Tidewater Times, which was founded in 1952.

The monthly, which celebrates life on the Eastern Shore, was deliberately designed to conveniently fit into a woman's purse or the pocket of a man's jacket.

"It's still that way. We haven't changed a thing," said Anne B. Farwell, the publication's managing editor.

"Mother took over a small nothing - 10 to 15 pages - and took it to over 100 by the time she sold it to Hugh Bailey in 1972," said a son, Buxton Reed "Buck" Bailey of Salisbury.

An artist, Mrs. Bailey painted portraits and landscapes in oils and acrylics, and also enjoyed working in ceramics.

She had been vice president of the Cavallaro Cleary Visual Arts Foundation, or CCart, an organization in Salisbury that provides scholarships to Lower Eastern Shore students who plan to major in art.

For many years, Mrs. Bailey hosted Fiesta, an annual fundraiser that benefited the Wicomico County Preservation Trust, of which she was an active member, at her home in Eden.

"She was a luminescent and vibrant presence who had hundreds of friends. She never discriminated - she had friends from all walks of life," her son said.

"She lived a brilliant bloody life," said Angela Herbert Hodges, a friend of nearly 20 years.

"She cared about people and art and had such a joie de vivre that people who knew her aspired to," Ms. Hodges said. "She was animated, well-informed and a great conversationalist. She was also a person of great warmth and charm."

Mrs. Bailey had been an avid tennis player for years and had been actively involved with the annual Chris Thomas Memorial Tennis Tournament, named for the Salisbury tennis pro who died of cancer in 1982.

Mrs. Bailey also maintained an interest in Asian cultures and was a world traveler.

Todd Grier and his wife, Jody, have been friends of Mrs. Bailey's since they were elementary school students in the 1930s.

"She was one delightful person and there's not one bad thing you can say about Jane Bailey. She was always concerned about others," Mr. Grier said.

"She has left many, many dear friends," Mrs. Grier added.

She was married for 27 years to James Porter Bailey, a Salisbury lawyer and part-time federal magistrate, who died in 1987. Her first marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. Bailey was an active communicant of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, where services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are another son, William Stephan Bailey of Eden; and a granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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