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Hilda Benisch Mullan, 88, homemaker, doll collector

Hilda Benisch Mullan, a homemaker and avid doll collector, died of complications from a stroke Thursday at Blakehurst Retirement Community. The longtime Homeland resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Pimlico area, Mrs. Mullan graduated from Western High School in 1932 and went on to study ballet at the Peabody Conservatory and painting at the Maryland Institute of Art.

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She married Thomas F. Mullan Jr. in 1936. Her husband, who died in 1994, owned Mullan Contracting Co. in Baltimore and developed and built 2 Charles Center in the mid-1960s.

The couple were extensive travelers. Their favorite destinations were Europe and the Cayman Islands, said their daughter, Mary Ellen Mullan of Woodbrook. On their trips, Mrs. Mullan would buy dolls for a collection eventually numbering more than 100.

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She was a longtime member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the Woman's Club of Roland Park. She was a parishioner at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where services were held Tuesday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Mullan is survived by two sons, Thomas F. Mullan III of Sparks and Patrick Mullan of Phoenix; a brother, Thomas Benisch of Easton; and six grandchildren.


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