Gladys W. Winter, a homemaker and benefactor of several Baltimore cultural institutions, died Wednesday of emphysema at her home on Roland Mews in the Village of Cross Keys.
She was 88.
Gladys Woolford, the daughter of a banker and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.
After graduating from Roland Park Country School in 1941, she earned a bachelor's degree in three years at Swarthmore College, graduating in 1944.
Mrs. Winter — who had a lifelong love and appreciation of music — also was a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory.
She was on the faculty of Roland Park Country School, where she taught Latin and art history. In 1947, she married Harrison L. Winter, a lawyer.
After the birth of her second daughter in 1953, she stopped teaching to raise her family and become a community volunteer.
She and her husband, who had lived in Guilford, were one of the early families to buy and move into a Cross Keys townhouse.
Her husband was appointed in 1961 to the U.S. District Court for Maryland by President John F. Kennedy. Five years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
Mrs. Winter frequently accompanied her husband to monthly sessions of the court, which meets in Richmond, Va. Also during those years, she played a major role, family members said, in the planning of the annual 4th Circuit Judicial Conferences that were held at the Homestead in Virginia or the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
Judge Winter died in 1990.
Mrs. Winter's philanthropic interests included the Concertante, the Shriver Hall Concert Series, the Walters Art Museum and the Art Seminar Group.
She was a member of the Women's Hamilton Street Club, Mount Vernon Club and Elkridge Club.
Mrs. Winter was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
At Mrs. Winter's request, there will be no services. A memorial concert celebrating her life is being planned for the fall.
Surviving are two daughters, Anne Winter West of Ruxton and Barbara Winter Glauber of Brookline, Mass.; and three grandchildren.