Penelope S. Judson, Science Center adviser


Penelope Sylvia Judson, a consultant to the educatio department at the Maryland Science Center, died of pneumonia May 9 at Union Memorial Hospital.

The 53-year-old West University Parkway resident had been a program coordinator in the department for about eight years and a consultant since 1991.

She organized courses and classes for children and youth, especially for preschool children, such as T.O.T.S. -- Turn on to Science -- as well as seminars, lecture series and summer programs.

She and her husband, Horace Freeland Judson, came to Baltimore in 1981 when he became the Henry R. Luce Professor of Science and Writing at the Johns Hopkins University.

Her husband is now a senior research scholar at Stamford University.

The former Penelope Jones was born in Hamilton, Bermuda, where her father was serving in the British army.

She lived in Australia, Palestine and Egypt before settling in England, where she was sent to a boarding school. She later hung a framed certificate of distinction in needlework above her desk as a satirical rebuke to those who were pretentious about their advanced degrees.

She first came to the United States in 1960, working for Time magazine in New York, and, after a cross-country exploratory trip with friends, as secretary to the public relations director of the California Wine Institute. Through her landlord -- a son of the late Adlai Stevenson, then ambassador to the United Nations -- she persuaded the ambassador to serve only American wines in his diplomatic entertaining.

Returning to England in 1964, she worked for the Foreign Office in an intelligence and disinformation unit.

On what was supposed to be a 1965 vacation trip to Pakistan, she was in Lahore when war broke out with India and the city was bombed. Her route back to England began with a bus trip over the Khyber Pass to Afghanistan and then to Tehran, Iran.

Joining the Time-Life news bureau in London, she met Mr. Judson, arts and science correspondent and resident theater critic for Time. They were married in 1969 and lived in England, France and California before moving to Baltimore.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Olivia Judson of Oxford, England; a son, Nicholas Judson of Baltimore; a stepson, Thomas Judson of Princeton, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Grace Judson of New Egypt, N.J.; a sister, Alison Shewell of Ash Vale, England; and a brother, Michael Jones of Bermuda.

A memorial service will be conducted in the fall in England; services in Baltimore were private.

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