Eleanor D. Mace Friends School principal, dies


A memorial service for Eleanor Dilworth Mace, retired principal of the upper grades at Friends School, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Mace, who was 88, died Monday at her home in Phoenix after a short illness.

She retired from Friends in 1963, where she had been principal of the upper school and assistant to the headmaster since 1954. She had joined the faculty in 1926, when Friends was at Park Avenue and Laurens Street. She was dean of girls from 1935 until 1954.

Besides teaching American history, English and mathematics, she also counseled students.

The last of the five headmasters for whom she worked, Dr. W. Byron Forbush, who still holds the office, had also been her student.

"Dilly was loved and treasured by all who knew her," he said yesterday, describing her as "one of the most significant individuals on the Friends School campus in recent years."

Born Eleanor Dilworth in Baltimore, she graduated from Friends in 1921 and from Goucher College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She held a master's degree from Columbia University.

Active in the alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta, she was also a member of the boards of Pickersgill retirement home and the local YWCA.

She had a summer home at Sherwood Forest where she was a member of the Sherwood Forest Club and at 87 was named the most improved player in the Ladies Monday Golf Group.

She was a member of the Tobago Golf Club on the West Indian Island where she and her husband vacationed in the 1980s.

Fond of bird watching, sailing and attending concerts of the Baltimore Symphony and other groups, she was also an active gardener who had been given a greenhouse as a retirement present by colleagues.

She is survived by her husband, Otis E. Mace, retired owner of an electrical contracting company.

The family suggested contributions to Pickersgill or the Sherwood Forest Endowment Fund.

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