Carmel 'Bunny' Hayden, retired Towson University communications professor, dies

Carmel “Bunny” Hayden, a retired Towson University mass communications professor who was an avid gardener and beachgoer, died Jan. 31 from heart failure at her West Towson home.

She was 66.

Carmel Miriam Ford Von Altoff Hayden was the daughter of Stanley Ford Hayden, a federal worker, and Mary Virginia Von Altoff Hayden, an employee of NASA. She was born in Baltimore and raised on Haddon Avenue in Baltimore County’s Woodbrook neighborhood.

A 1969 graduate of Mercy High School, she obtained a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees in communications from Towson University.

Ms. Hayden was on the faculty for two decades at Towson, where she taught mass communications until retiring in 1999 due to medical reasons. She was a longtime Ruxton resident, and moved to Piccadilly Road in West Towson in 2011.

Known as “Bunny,” she enjoyed reading and was a member of several book clubs, as well as garden clubs.

Ms. Hayden had been an active member of the Junior League of Baltimore.

She was a gifted interior designer, said her daughter, Catherine Woelper Edmiston of Frederick.

“Bunny loved gardening, the beach at Ocean City, Tab soda and Krispy Kreme doughnuts,” Ms. Edmiston wrote in a profile of her mother.

Ms. Hayden was a fan of classic Hollywood movies and liked to entertain. “She was the hostess with the mostest,” her daughter wrote.

Plans for a celebration of life gathering are incomplete.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Justin Hayden Woelper of Towson and Damien Seward Woelper of Rodgers Forge; a brother, Patrick Hayden of Sparks; and six grandchildren. Her marriage to Gordon Woelper ended in divorce.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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