Eileen Parr

Eileen Parr, a longtime media aide at Perry Hall High School, died June 27 at Keswick Multi-Care Center of complications following a recent fall. She was 96.

Eileen Schroeder was raised in Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood and attended Eastern High School, later attending college on a full scholarship. After graduation, she worked for Western Electric, then was recruited by Westinghouse and took a position as manager of a communications department.


Living in Carney with her husband, Harry Frank Parr, Mrs. Parr worked for the Baltimore County Public Library system, including time at the Parkville branch, before signing on with Baltimore County's public schools.

She retired in 1980 after more than 15 years as a media specialist at Perry Hall High School.

"She loved working with any kids — she was energized by the students she worked with," said her daughter, Pamela Eileen Lennon of Ellicott City. "She really did enjoy her job."

After her retirement, Mrs. Parr became active at the Parkville Senior Center as a leader of the TOPS weight-loss program and an active participant in the Senior Striders walking program. She was also a member of the center's Red Hat Society.

Mrs. Parr enjoyed summers with her family in Ocean City and was a passionate Orioles fan.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mrs. Parr is also survived by two other daughters, C. Lynne Silverman of Stevenson, Baltimore County, and Gail Anne Parr of Cockeysville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband of 58 years, a beer salesman, died in 2000.