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Lawrence Perin

Lawyer, veteran

Lawrence Perin, retired lawyer, World War II combat veteran and ardent supporter of the downtown renaissance of his native Baltimore, died Friday at his Calvert Street home after a long bout with cancer.

A descendant of early leaders of the city and state, Mr. Perin was born 88 years ago in a family home in the 1000 block of N. Charles St., two blocks west of the house in which he died.

Mr. Perin and his wife, the former Margaret Vogel, bought their North Calvert Street house in 1963, in a reversal of a trend among their friends who moved from the city to the suburbs,

The house has been considered one of the residential showplaces of the Mount Vernon area since the couple bought it.

They moved there after 13 years of apartment-living on nearby Read Street.

Mr. Perin, who retired in 1977 as a senior partner of Semmes, Bowen and Semmes, had attended the Calvert and Gilman schools. He graduated from Princeton University in 1928 and from Harvard law school in 1931.

He joined Semmes, Bowen and Semmes in 1932, after serving as law clerk to federal Judge William C. Coleman.

Mr. Perin's legal career was interrupted in 1943, when he joined the Army as an artillery officer. He was attached to an amphibious force as a shore fire-control officer, directing naval gunfire, and participated in the Guam, Leyte and Okinawa campaigns.

He remembered as a highlight of his service the firing on Okinawa's Shuri Castle from the battleship New York. The castle was turned into a ruin, but he had wondered, he said, whether the shells were merely bouncing off its walls.

After the war, Mr. Perin returned to Semmes, Bowen and Semmes, where he specialized in wills, trusts and estates. He was a Fellow of the American College of Probate Counsel.

Mr. Perin won golf championships at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Elkridge Club.

His club memberships included the Elkridge, the Maryland Club and the Chevy Chase Club. He was a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon and a member of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

Mr. Perin was an active member of the Episcopal Church. He had served on the vestry of St. John's Huntingdon at Greenmount Avenue and Old York Road.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Oliver Perin of San Francisco; and three stepchildren, Albert Neale Smith Jr., Stephany Smith Harper and Hope Smith Pollard, all of Baltimore.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to Seeing Eye Inc., Box 375, Morristown, N.J. 07963, or to Old St. Paul's Church.

Marcia Outerbridge

Day-care director

Marcia McLaine Outerbridge, a retired day-care director, sailing instructor and civic activist, died Thursday of cancer at home in Annapolis. She was 56.

She had retired five years ago as the director of Eastport Early Learning Center, which she founded in 1972. The center grew out of a neighborhood play group that included her four daughters.

While directing the center at Eastport United Methodist Church, Mrs. Outerbridge served on the Anne Arundel County Day-Care Task Force and worked with the county Child Care Association and the Council on Community Services' Committee on Children and Youth.

She frequently lobbied the state legislature on child care and child welfare issues, according to her daughter, Laura Evans of Silver Spring.

At Mrs. Outerbridge's retirement, she donated the child care center to the church, where she was a longtime member and children's choir director. In January, the church dedicated a playground in her honor.

Mrs. Outerbridge had been president of the Bay Ridge Civic Association for a year and was a member of the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation.

Sailing was Mrs. Outerbridge's first and lifelong love, her daughter said. Born in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Outerbridge spent many summers with her family in Bay Ridge near Annapolis and, as a child, learned racing on the Severn River. She and her husband spent many summer weekends cruising the Chesapeake Bay with their children.

"Every weekend, my parents took us out on 'Sorry About That,' named after our protests about going sailing," Ms. Evans said.

A past commodore of the Chesapeake Bristol Club, Mrs. Outerbridge had a Coast Guard captain's license and was a sailing instructor at Womanship and a volunteer with the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron.

She also performed for many seasons with the Singers Madrigale at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

She was born Marcia McLaine and graduated in 1959 from American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in psychology. She married Thomas W. Outerbridge, also an alumnus of the university, the same year.

A memorial service was to be held at 7 p.m. today at the Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Outerbridge is survived by her mother, Ruth McLaine of Annapolis; three other daughters, Marilyn Wilhelm of Beaufort, S.C., and Catherine Pekel and Amy Coveyou, both of Annapolis; a son, Roger Outerbridge of California; two sisters, Susan Cherry of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Sandra Hackley of Phoenix; three brothers, Warren McLaine of Springfield, Va., Douglas McLaine of Rochester, N.Y., and Alan McLaine of Columbia; and five grandchildren.

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