Juliette M. Carpenter

Juliette M. Carpenter, a former U.S. State Department supervisor who later worked for the state of Maryland, died Feb. 4 of respiratory failure at Glynn Taff Assisted Living Inc. in Catonsville. The Baltimore resident was 93.

The daughter of a postal worker and a homemaker, Juliette Marie Brown was born in Baltimore and raised on Myrtle Avenue.


She was a 1939 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, and during World War II she worked as an electrician at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, helping to build airplanes.

After the end of the war, Ms. Carpenter went to work as a clerk at the U.S. State Department in Washington, where she rose to become a supervisor.

Mrs. Carpenter later resigned and took a job as a supervisor for the state of Maryland at its Baltimore office, where she worked for five years until retiring in the mid-1980s.

A basketball player in her youth and a lifelong sports fan, Mrs. Carpenter was a fan of the old Baltimore Colts and the Ravens.

Her daughter, Pamela McNeill, who lives in Catonsville, said her mother loved to "dress up," dance and enjoy the nightlife in such Pennsylvania Avenue clubs as the Sphinx Club and the Club Casino, which were managed by her late brother, George A. Brown Jr.

When the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture produced a video about the life and times of Pennsylvania Avenue, Mrs. Carpenter was interviewed for the piece.

Two memorable events in her mother's life, Ms. McNeill said, were participating in the 1963 March on Washington with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and witnessing the election of the nation's first African-American president, Barack Obama.

Mrs. Carpenter was married in 1943 to Robert "Pity" Carpenter and at the time of his death in 1999, the couple were separated.

"They remained friends," said Ms. McNeill.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon Saturday at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Windsor and Hilton streets.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Carpenter is survived by two brothers, Thomas "Elroy" Brown of Baltimore and Earl "Plump" Brown of Columbia; two sisters, Bette Roche of Baltimore and Augustine Sanders of Silver Spring; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.