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Caroline Ramsay, activist, 1962 GOP candidate


Caroline R. Ramsay, who was active in community affairs and a 1962 Republican candidate for Congress, died yesterday of heart failure at her home in Roland Park. She was 87.

A memorial service for Mrs. Ramsay, who was known to a wide circle of friends in Baltimore as Carrie, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave.

From 1947 to 1951, she was president of the Baltimore League of Women Voters, and in 1964 she served on the Baltimore City Charter Revision Commission.

Becoming increasingly convinced that the United States should end its involvement in Vietnam, she marched in Washington in the 1961 Women Strike for Peace. In 1962, she ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the 7th District congressional seat then held by Democrat Samuel N. Friedel.

Two years later, she described Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee for the presidency, as an "impulsive adolescent" and supported Lyndon B. Johnson.

A vice president and member of the board of the Baltimore Urban League for many years, from 1956 to 1964 she was on the State Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations, now the Human Relations Commission. In 1960 she was named to the Baltimore Commission on Human Rights.

She also served on the local board of the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 1991, she established an educational endowment fund that bears her name at the Planned Parenthood Association of Maryland, of which she had been vice president and a board member. She had earlier served as a member of its board and as vice president.

Mrs. Ramsay remained a member of the board of Marylanders for the Right to Choose.

She also served on the boards of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Fight Blight Inc., Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., the Maryland Conference of Social Concern, the Hospital for the Women of Maryland -- now part of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center -- and Provident Hospital.

The former Caroline V. Remak was born in Philadelphia. She was a graduate of the Rosemary Hall School in Greenwich, Conn., and Bryn Mawr College, where she was president of the Class of 1925.

As a young woman, she was volunteer president of the Workman Place Neighborhood House in Philadelphia and did public relations work for Rosemary Hall.

In 1935, she married John B. Ramsay Jr. and moved to Baltimore.

Mr. Ramsay retired as an investment counselor with T. Rowe Price Associates before his death in 1988.

Mrs. Ramsay was a member of the Women's Hamilton Street Club and the Elkridge Club.

Her survivors include a daughter, Caroline R. Merriam of Washington, and two sons, G. Remak Ramsay of New York and John B. Ramsay III of the Lake Roland area of Baltimore County.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Planned Parenthood Association of Maryland or Marylanders for the Right to Choose.

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