Philathia Yvonne Reese-Calhoun, outreach director

Philathia Yvonne Reese-Calhoun, former director of community outreach at Maryland New Directions, died Monday of cancer at Northwest Hospital. She was 63.

The daughter of a church sextant and a homemaker, Philathia Yvonne Reese was raised in Richmond, Va., the youngest of 11 children. She graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School in 1966.

After earning a degree in sociology from Virginia State University in Petersburg in 1970, she went to work for the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Richmond.

While a member of Moore Street Baptist Church in Richmond, she met her future husband, the Rev. William C. Calhoun, who was the church's assistant pastor.

They were married in 1974 and moved to Baltimore that year when Mr. Calhoun was appointed pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.

She was field director for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and later worked as a sex educator for the National Institutes of Health.

During the 1980s, she was center director of the YWCA Center in Reisterstown, and then moved to downtown Baltimore, where she was center director at the Madison Avenue YWCA.

Mrs. Reese-Calhoun served in the Governor's Office of Services and Volunteerism during the administration of Gov. Parris N. Glendening from 1995 to 2003, and established 14 volunteer centers throughout the state.

In 2007, she joined Maryland New Directions Inc., a private nonprofit career counseling and job placement agency, where she worked until 2010, when she retired.

She was a founder of Volunteer Maryland and also worked with AmeriCorps as a supervisor of Maryland Region VII.

Mrs. Reese-Calhoun was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church, where she was co-facilitator of the church leadership conference, director of its youth ministry program and founder of the children's ministry. She had served as president of the Women's Guild, established the Pulpit Altar Guild and was a director of the New Members Ministry.

A resident of Ashland Park Mews in East Baltimore, Mrs. Reese-Calhoun enjoyed collecting hats, shoes and pocketbooks. She also collected Mickey Mouse memorabilia and liked to take automobile trips.

Services will be held at noon Saturday at her church, 1601 Druid Hill Ave.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Reese-Calhoun is survived by a son, William C. Calhoun Jr. of Baltimore; a sister, Jacqueline Reese-Walton of Atlanta; and many cousin, nieces and nephews.

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