Constance K. Rand, homemaker, volunteer

She had volunteered at BSO and hospital

  • Constance Koehn Rand
Constance Koehn Rand
May 01, 2014|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Constance K. Rand, a homemaker and volunteer, died April 21 of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The longtime Roland Park resident was 97.

The daughter of Herbert Waldemar Koehn and Dallas Huntington Rogers Koehn, Constance Huntington Koehn was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Haverford, Pa., and Rosemont, Pa.

She attended Haverford Friends School and Miss Wright's School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., before moving with her family in 1932 to Buffalo, N.Y., where her father owned Sykes Furniture Co.

She graduated in 1935 from the Buffalo Seminary. After high school, she studied at the School of Theater in Buffalo, and performed in The Studio Theater productions. While living in Buffalo, she volunteered at Buffalo General Hospital and Children's Hospital.

In 1939, she married Vandervoort Rand, an insurance executive, and while living in Indianapolis was active in the Junior League, performed in puppet shows and volunteered in the hospital thrift shop. After moving to Philadelphia, she was active in the Children's Theater and volunteered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1946, the couple moved to Northwood and five years later settled on Midvale Road in Roland Park.

Mrs. Rand volunteered with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she was chairman of volunteers and served as a member of the hospital's Women's Board.

An alto, she sang for many years with the Handel Choir while serving on its board and as executive secretary.

Mrs. Rand was a former member of Second Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of its Chancel Choir. She also had been an elder and a member of the Women's Association, where she led a Spiritual Life study course for 15 years.

She maintained a lifelong interest in fashion and worked part time at the Katharine Heuisler Dress Shop on Cold Spring Lane and later at The Wardrobe on Wyndhurst Avenue.

A resident of Roland Park Place since 1991, Mrs. Rand was a member of St. Andrews Christian Community Church in Roland Park, the Elkridge Club and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

Her husband of 46 years, who had been a partner in Tongue, Brooks & Co., an independent Baltimore insurance company, died in 1985.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 10 at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Mrs. Rand is survived by a son, Stephen V. Rand of Cockeysville; a daughter, Mimi R. Anderson of Plymouth, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

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