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Joan A. Parr, peace activist

Joan A. Parr, a homemaker and peace activist, died Tuesday from heart failure at her Lauraville home. She was 84.

The former Joan Atkins was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved to Baltimore in 1945, when her father joined the upper school math faculty at Park School.

After graduating from Park in 1946, she earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1950 from Goucher College. During the early 1950s, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Baltimore Broom Machine Co.

In 1951, she married Albert Gilmore Kinsey, who was a food service company personnel director. He died in 1969, and a year later, she married Lee Sutherland Parr, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad switchman. He died in 2010.

Throughout her life, the longtime Lauraville resident was an activist for peace and justice. She was a member of Another Mother for Peace, National Democratic Coalition and Fellowship of Reconciliation.

She was also a member of the American Friends Service Committee and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

While pregnant with twins and pushing a stroller, Mrs. Parr participated in the historic Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam Peace March on Washington in 1969.

Mrs. Parr was active in Casa Baltimore/Limay, which is a sister city program between Baltimore and the impoverished San Juan de Limay in Nicaragua, which she visited during the contra war in 1986.

For her peace work, Mrs. Parr received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Friends Service Committee.

She was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Surviving are three sons, Christopher Kinsey of Baton Rouge, Stephen Kinsey of Baltimore and Wesley Kinsey of Houston; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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