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Eileen Doolittle
Eileen Doolittle (Baltimore Sun)

Eileen Kavanagh Doolittle, an artist who designed children's books, died of cancer June 10 at the Mystic, Conn., Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. The former Baltimore resident was 79.

Born Eileen Kavanagh in Baltimore and raised on Belgian Avenue, she was the daughter of Eileen Noctor Kavanagh and Maryland State Police Capt. Hugh Ignatius Kavanagh Jr.

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She attended Blessed Sacrament School and was a 1953 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She later studied at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts.

In her early years, she worked in classified advertising at The Baltimore Sun and for the Peace Corps staff. Family members said she was a supporter of civil rights, women's rights and nonviolence.

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Ms. Doolittle also worked on the photo shoot with Starr Ockenga for the portrait of Mayor William Donald Schaefer in the 1984 Esquire article "Can the Best Mayor Win?"

She had three children's books published: "The Ark and the Attic," "World of Wonders" and "Then and Now." She wrote poetry for the books and created the art for them. She collaborated with Starr Ockenga.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include a son, David S. Parker Jr. of Coulobres, France; a daughter, Katherine Parker of New York City; two brothers, Kevin Kavanagh of Bel Air and Hugh Ignatius Kavanagh III of Lutherville; and two grandchildren. Her marriage to David S. Parker ended in divorce. She is also survived by her companion, John T. "Jack" Doolittle, a former husband who lives in Mystic, Conn.

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