Ingeborg F. Harrington, a homemaker and gourmet cook who was known for her memorable dinner parties, died of heart failure Friday at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 91.
The daughter of Wilhelm Leuschner, a mechanical engineer, and Angela Schwarzer Leuschner, a homemaker, Ingeborg Franviska Leuschner was born and raised in Ternitz, Austria, where she graduated from local public schools.
She became an avid hiker and an accomplished skier and was a member of the ski rescue team. She studied at the Vienna Conservatory of Music.
In 1947, she left Austria and moved to Hollywood, Calif., where an aunt lived. While living in Hollywood, she met and fell in love with her future husband, Dr. William F. Harrington, who was a student at the University of California at Berkeley.
The couple wed in 1948 and came to Baltimore in 1960 when Dr. Harrington, a physical biochemist, was named chairman of the biology department at the Johns Hopkins University and director of the McCollum-Pratt Institute.
Mrs. Harrington's husband was also a founding member and later served on the board of Hopkins' Shriver Hall Concert Series.
Mrs. Harrington's West Rogers Avenue home in Mount Washington was the setting for elaborate dinner parties, which featured Austrian cuisine and such baked delicacies as Sacher and Linzer tortes. Her parties delighted guests not only from the world of science, but also musicians such as noted flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, harpsichordist Robert Vernon-Lacroix and pianist Murray Perahia.
"At hosted gatherings she knew when enough was enough, good-naturedly telling visitors when it was time to go home," said a son, Eric Harrington of New Freedom, Pa.
In addition to attending classical music concerts, Mrs. Harrington enjoyed going to races at Pimlico Race Course, where "she often won by betting on the jockeys," said her son.
Services are private.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Harrington is survived three other sons, David Harrington and Robert Harrington, both of Mount Washington, and Peter Harrington of Albuquerque, N.M.; a daughter, Susan Harrington of Fort Worth, Texas; and five grandsons.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun