Alma L. Adkins, dean at Baltimore college

October 30, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Alma L. Adkins, a homemaker who earlier had been a college dean of women, died Saturday at Lorien Mays Chapel Health Care Center of complications from a fractured pelvis. She was 104.

Alma Lee Vaughan was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. After graduating from Roanoke Rapids High School in 1924, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Duke University in 1928.

She taught in Winston-Salem, N.C., public schools until marrying Andrew J. "Jack" Adkins Sr. in 1933.

The couple lived in Washington before moving to Baltimore in 1945. Mr. Adkins, owner of the Standard Electric Co. in Baltimore, died in 1976.

During the early 1950s, Mrs. Adkins served as dean of women at Baltimore Junior College, where she also taught biology and physical education for more than a decade.

Mrs. Adkins and her husband later moved to Rodgers Forge and then to Wiltondale, where she lived for 35 years. "She prided herself on the beautiful gardens at her home," said her son, Andrew J. Adkins Jr. of Glen Arm.

Mrs. Adkins was a longtime volunteer. She later served as a member of the board of managers at the Wesley Home in Mount Washington.

She enjoyed vacationing at Sanibel Island, Fla., where she liked to gather seashells that she used to make shell flower arrangements. She was also an accomplished needleworker.

Mrs. Adkins played bridge every week until she was in her late 90s. After breaking her hip when she was 99, Mrs. Adkins recovered and resumed an active schedule.

"During her physical therapy sessions while she was recovering, her physical therapist insisted that she stop wearing high heels and do her therapy in flat shoes," her son said.

Mrs. Adkins followed no particular health regimen, her son said.

"However, she did not smoke or drink," he said.

She was a longtime member of Govans United Methodist Church, where she held many leadership roles and arranged altar flowers.

Since 1980, she had been a resident of the Wesley Home.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 26 at the Wesley Home, 2211 W. Rogers Ave.

Also surviving is a daughter, Harriet Costello of Melbourne, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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