Margaret O. Feiss, enthusiastic volunteer

November 09, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Margaret Oliver "Maggie" Feiss, a recent college graduate and volunteer, died Sunday of an epileptic seizure at her father's Locust Point home. She was 22.

Ms. Feiss was born in Baltimore and raised in Lutherville and Cedarcroft. She graduated in 2004 from Bryn Mawr School, where she received the alumnae award for spirit.

In May, Ms. Feiss earned a bachelor's degree in urban policy, planning and development from the University of Southern California.

While at USC, she was a member of the Hellions of Troy, the women's flying-disc team, and had been logistics coordinator for the USC Relay for Life, which raised $89,000 for the American Cancer Society.

During her senior year at USC, she interned at the Enterprise Foundation in Los Angeles, where she specialized in low-income housing.

Ms. Feiss, who had recently returned to Baltimore, was about to start a job with the Living Classrooms Foundation, family members said.

She had volunteered at New Song Academy, an independent elementary and middle school in Sandtown-Winchester, and also the Middle Grades Partnership at Gilman School and Canton Middle School.

"The thing she loved the most was being with her family and friends, and she had friends of all ages," said her mother, Margaret O. "Meg" Tipper of Baltimore, a retired Gilman School English teacher. "When we lived in Lutherville, she went to College Manor one day and started talking to a number of the elderly residents whom she adopted."

Ms. Feiss enjoyed swimming and vacationing at Ocean City and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

"Maggie had a great personality. She had big hair and a big smile, and she'd do anything for the people she loved," her mother said. "She was a real firecracker."

Ms. Feiss was a member of Towson Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 16.

Also surviving are her father, S. William Feiss of Locust Point; a brother, Stephen E. Feiss of Boston; her paternal grandmother, Elinor Feiss of Baltimore; and her maternal grandmother, Margaret "Peggy" Taliaferro of Cockeysville.

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