Margaret Mock, spent life to helping others


Margaret A.H.B. Mock, who spent her life helping others, died Sunday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 92.

She was a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels, with the U.S. Public Health Hospital, formerly the Marine Hospital in Wyman Park, for more than 30 years; and with the Keswick Home, the United Way and Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

"Her life's work was being responsible for those in this world who couldn't be responsible for themselves," a daughter Margaret Obrecht of Roland Park said. "She had a strong ideological foundation which she saw through the lenses of her own religious understanding which she applied to her work."

An example of Mrs. Mock's commitment to others occurred when she was 88 and took the Baltimore Department of Public Works to task over a patch of unsafe sidewalk in front of a shut-in's residence in Remington, in North Baltimore, where she regularly delivered meals, Mrs. Obrecht said.

Neighbors had grown weary of trying to have the sidewalk repaired, Mrs. Obrecht said, and her mother called the department to say that not only her life, but the lives of residents who walked there, were in jeopardy and that if the sidewalk wasn't repaired, she would personally appear in the agency's offices. The sidewalk was speedily repaired.

"She didn't consider herself a hero, but rather that they were victims because they had been asking for help for so long and didn't get it," Mrs. Obrecht said.

She was born Margaret A.H. Brown in Colchester, the oldest Roman city in England. Her father was a Scottish clergyman of the Church of England, and her mother was English.

She attended the Sorbonne in Paris and was a 1924 graduate of Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where she received a master's degree in history.

In 1925, she married Clark L. Mock, a Cleveland native who was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. They moved to Baltimore in 1942 from Cleveland, where he was assistant director of the Welfare Foundation of Cleveland.

From 1942 until he retired in 1967, Mr. Mock was executive director of the Family and Children's Society of Baltimore, an agency he developed to aid neglected children. He died in 1981.

The Mocks' wooded, Elizabethan-style home in Roland Park, which was built on the side of a hill and reached by 56 front or 104 back steps, is known for its gardens.

She was a scholar of the Bible and Shakespeare and was a member of the Shakespeare Club in Roland Park for 50 years. When she was 89, she took courses for credit on Scripture and systematic theology at St. Mary's Seminary Ecumenical Institute.

She was a member for 40 years of the Roland Park Great Books Club and the Travel Club.

A memorial service was planned for 5 p.m. today at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Park and Lafayette avenues, Bolton Hill, where she was a member for 51 years.

Other survivors include a son, David Mock of Roland Park, two other daughters, Gillian Brent of Roland Park and Lynette Anderson of New London, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mock Fund of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave., Baltimore 21217.

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