Ailene W. Hutchins, a former educator and Orphans' Court judge who wrote widely about her native Calvert County, died in her sleep June 23 at her home in Prince Frederick. She was 86.
Ailene Williams was born and raised on her family's farm near Barstow, and graduated from Calvert County High School. At 19, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College.
She taught French, English and drama at Calvert County High, and was the school's guidance counselor from 1951 to 1963. She earned a master's degree in guidance from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1956, family members said.
For a decade starting in 1963, Judge Hutchins wrote a weekly column on local history for the Calvert County Recorder, then became a contributing writer for the Calvert Independent.
She was the author of the books Memoirs of John P. Broome, Calvert County Early Land Records, Hunting Creek Hundred and Our Infant Zion - History of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
She was also the author and editor for the Calvert County Historic Calendar Project. At her death, she was working on a book about vanished Calvert County scenes, people and places, said son David S. Mohler, a Prince Frederick photographer,
She was a former chief judge of the Orphans Court of Calvert County.
Judge Hutchins was a founding member of the Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum and an active member of the Calvert County Historical Society and Calvert Marine Museum. She had been a volunteer with Calvert Hospice and Calvert Meals on Wheels.
A rose fancier, she was a member of the Calvert County Garden Club. She enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and crabbing in the Patuxent River near her home.
Her husband of 25 years, Thomas Reid Hutchins, died in 1988. Her earlier marriage to William D. Mohler ended in divorce.
She was a communicant and former organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Surviving, in addition to her son, are two other sons, Philip R. Mohler and John W. Mohler, both of Prince Frederick; a daughter, Ann M. Norfolk of Owings; three stepsons, Raymond E. "Bobby" Hutchins of Prince Frederick, Charles R. Hutchins of Venice, Fla., and Thomas E. "Tim" Hutchins of Port Tobacco; a stepdaughter, Constance H. Breunich of Marlton, N.J.; a brother, John W. Williams Jr. of Solomons; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.