Delphine Stewart Barroll Kelly

Delphine Stewart Barroll Kelly ( / March 21, 2011)

Delphine S. Kelly, a music teacher and former Eastern Shore social worker, died Oct. 27 of a stroke at the Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. She was 90.

The former Delphine Stewart was born and raised in Toronto. She was the daughter of Reginald Stewart, a concert pianist, and Ruby Stewart, a homemaker.

Mrs. Kelly moved with her family to Baltimore in 1941, when her father was appointed director of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and named conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he played an instrumental role in its reorganization in 1942 from a branch of city government to a private institution.

She had attended Havergal College, a Toronto private girls school, and graduated from Roland Park Country School. In 1947, she earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College.

In 1948, she married John Marshal Barroll, who was a re-location officer for what is now the State Highway Administration. He died in 1983.

The couple had moved to Trappe and during the 1960s. Mrs. Kelly was a piano teacher and lecturer in music at Washington College in Chestertown.

She later worked for 12 years as a social worker and family and teen counselor for the Talbot County Health Department.

In 1985, she married Donaldson Naylor Kelly, who was the Washington College lacrosse coach and owner of a Chestertown automobile dealership. He died in 2000.

Mrs. Kelly was a longtime Red Cross volunteer at Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown, and was an active member of the Women's League of Washington College and the St. Andrew's Society of the Eastern Shore.

She enjoyed playing tennis and classical music on a concert grand piano that had once belonged to her father and had originally come from the Lyric Theatre.

"She was still playing in September when she performed a Chopin ballade," said a son, Marshal McLean Barroll of Chester.

Mrs. Kelly was an active communicant and lector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St., where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 16.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Kelly is survived by two other sons, Reginald Stewart Barroll of Worton and John Lathim Wethered Barroll of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister, Ursula Stewart of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com