Margaret P. "Maggie" Brewster, an avid sportswoman who enjoyed fox hunting, skiing and playing tennis, died Nov. 23 of multiple myeloma at her home in the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. She was 82.
The daughter of Thomas Pierce Perkins Jr., a broker, and Virginia Miller Perkins, a homemaker, the former Margaret Rennert Perkins was born in Baltimore and raised at a home on Chancery Road in Guilford. Her paternal grandfather, Robert Rennert, was the founder in 1885 of the old Rennert Hotel.
After graduating from Bryn Mawr School in 1949, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1953 in American literature from Vassar College.
She married Walter Wickes Brewster in 1953, and the couple moved in 1957 to Millstone Farm, their 130-acre horse farm in Glyndon.
A competitive horsewoman, Mrs. Brewster went fox hunting with the Green Spring Valley Hounds, and in 1978 won the grueling annual Green Spring Old Fashion, riding John Vale, her horse. Even after repeated falls and serious injury, she climbed back aboard her horse.
"She certainly was a very competitive person who had a tremendous amount of tenacity. She also rode point-to-point races in the spring," said Kitty Hoffman, a friend of more than 60 years who often rode with Mrs. Brewster.
Mrs. Brewster was also a competitive inter-club tennis player and a downhill skier, who skied in the West, as well as the French, Austrian and Swiss Alps.
"Maggie had strength of character and tenacity in fox hunting, skiing or anything," recalled Charles B. "Sprat" Reeves, who often skied with Mrs. Brewster in Europe.
When Mrs. Brewster headed the house committee at the Green Spring Valley Hounds, she led the effort that resulted in the historic restoration of the original privy, an outbuilding, that stands behind the 19th-century Philpot House, now the club house.
Mrs. Brewster had been a docent for 25 years at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she delighted in motivating people of all ages to see the infinite possibilities in art, family members said. She especially relished working with children, whom she entertained with songs, rhymes and mimicry.
She was also an accomplished pianist.
Mrs. Brewster, who had lived at Brightwood since 2011, applied the same determination as she faced the illness that eventually claimed her life.
"She never gave up, she hated to lose. She was not a quitter but a fighter," said her husband, a retired stockbroker.
She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Brewster is survived by two sons, Walter W. Brewster Jr. of Carbondale, Colo., and David B. Brewster of Halifax, Vt.; a daughter, Margaret B. Phillips of Weston, Mass.; and two grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun