Linda C. Kelly

Senior associate director of development at the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University

April 04, 2010

Linda C. Kelly, senior associate director of development at the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University, died March 25 of a sudden seizure at her Timonium home. She was 61.

Linda Claremon was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J. After graduating in 1964 from high school, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1968 from Douglass College in New Brunswick, N.J.

She earned a master's degree in anthropology from New York University and in 1969 began working as a special exhibition coordinator in the Discovery Room of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Mrs. Kelly had assisted in the design of the room that helped children learn about science and archaeology.

From 1971 to 1974, she was development associate for the Jewish Museum in New York City, and from 1975 to 1985 was coordinator of corporate giving for the New York Public Library.

In 1986, Mrs. Kelly moved to Baltimore and worked as director of education for the Baltimore Children's Museum; she later was director of the annual fund for the Maryland Science Center.

Mrs. Kelly was named assistant director of development for the Sheridan Libraries at Hopkins in 2000.

She was promoted to senior associate director of development in 2007.

A Timonium resident since 1992, she was an avid traveler and enjoyed home improvement projects and gardening.

Services were held March 28.

Surviving are her husband of 32 years, William Ryan Kelly, receiving agent for the Maryland Jockey Club; a daughter, Alyson Claremon Kelly of Rodgers Forge; her father, Leon Claremon of Ambler, Pa.; and two brothers, Robert Claremon of Sacramento, Calif., and David Claremon of Ambler.

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