Eleanor B. Fenwick, 83, supporter of museum


Eleanor Brady Fenwick, who was a past president of the Baltimore Museum of Art's Friends of the American Wing, died of lung disease Tuesday at her Lutherville home. She was 83.

Born Eleanor Atkinson Brady in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, she attended St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church as a child and had a lifelong devotion to its Novena of Grace.

After attending the Calvert School and graduating from Bryn Mawr School in 1940, she attended Goucher College.

Mrs. Fenwick, who had an interest in Maryland antiques and the state's historic sites, was a former board member of Annapolis' Hammond-Harwood House. She also assisted in the furnishing of the Hampton Historic Mansion in Towson.

As president of the BMA's Friends of the American Wing, she ran numerous silent auctions for an annual spring antiques show.

She enjoyed travel, golf and gardening.

Her husband, G. Bernard Fenwick Jr., an airline executive, died in 1970.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, John Abell Brady Fenwick of Washington and George Hunter Fenwick of The Plains, Va.; two brothers, George M. Brady Jr. of Bethesda and the Rev. James H.T. Brady of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her son Guy B. Fenwick III died in 2000 and another son, Francis Lightfoot Fenwick, died in 1982.

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