Gary 'Teedee' Blue, homemaker and golfer, dies

Gary “Teedee” Blue, a homemaker and inveterate golfer, died Aug. 29 from complications of a stroke at her home at the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville. She was 88.

The former Gary Bolton was the daughter of Alfred Johnson Bolton, a businessman, and Ida Perry Black Bolton, a homemaker. She was born in Newport, R.I., and raised in Santa Barbara, Calif., and later in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Mrs. Blue was the granddaughter of Van Lear Black, chairman of the board of the A.S. Abell Co.and publisher of The Baltimore Sun from 1915 until his death in 1930. She was also the niece of Harry C. Black, who assumed the publisher’s position with the newspaper company after his brother’s death.

She was a 1948 graduate of what was then the Westlake School for Girls, now the Harvard-Westlake School, in Los Angeles. After graduating Briarcliff Junior College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., she moved to New York City and went to work for Parents Magazine.

While in Manhattan, she met and fell in love with Richard Fownes Blue Sr., and they married in 1953.

The couple moved to Cockeysville and later to a home on Golf Course Road in Owings Mills, where they raised their three children. She and her husband moved to Brightwood about five years ago.

Mrs. Blue, who was known as “Teedee,” enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s athletic events. She was a longtime member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and had served as a member of its board.

“She loved golf and her golfing buddies,” said a son, Richard F. “Richie” Blue Jr. of Brooklandville. He said she also loved “playing bridge, and anyone with a sense of humor.”

Mrs. Blue had also served on the boards of Oldfields School in Glencoe and Union Memorial Hospital.

She was a longtime communicant and former vestry member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

A memorial service for Mrs. Blue will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at her church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

In addition to her husband of 65 years, a retired Alex. Brown & Sons investment banker, and her son, Mrs. Blue is survived by another son, Henry M. Blue of Butler; a daughter, Gary B. “Gay” Peterson of Butler; a twin brother, Perry J. Bolton of Brooklandville; another brother, Alan C. Bolton of Maui, Hawaii; a sister, Carole B. Robigilo of Florence, Italy; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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