Jean B. McCausland, a homemaker and accomplished gourmet cook who had lived in Monkton for 45 years, died of pneumonia June 26 at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 88.

The daughter of Robert Duncan Black, former president and board chairman of Black & Decker Corp., and Eleanor Watts Black, a homemaker, Jean Kathryn Black was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.


After graduating in 1944 from Friends School, she earned a bachelor's degree in French in 1949 from Connecticut College in New London.

In 1949, she married Thomas G. McCausland, general counsel for Commercial Credit Corp. He died in 2002.

Mrs. McCausland had lived at the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville for a decade before moving to Providence, R.I., in 2013.

An avid gardener, she served as president of Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton from 1993 to 1999. She also had been a trustee.

Mrs. McCausland enjoyed preparing gourmet French dishes and entertaining family and friends.

"She was a big Julia Child fan," said her daughter, Eleanor McCausland Lord of Providence.

In addition to collecting gardening books, Mrs. McCausland was a European history buff.

She was a longtime communicant of St. James Episcopal Church in Monkton.

Services were private.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. McCausland is survived by two sons, Montgomery McCausland of Monkton and Buchanan McCausland of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.