Carol M. Herndon, a longtime volunteer and advocate for the developmentally disabled, died Sept. 8 of complications from cancer at PowerBack Rehabilitation in Lutherville. She was 82.
The daughter of a surgeon and a homemaker, Carol Mae Smith was born and raised in Norfolk, Va. She was a 1947 graduate of the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.
After spending a year in France on a Fulbright scholarship, Mrs. Herndon studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
She worked at House & Garden magazine and Conde Nast until 1954, when she became a merchandising manager for Vogue Pattern Service, a position she held until 1959. Her duties included supervising 15 traveling Vogue representatives and also managing all retail promotion and advertising for Vogue Patterns.
In 1959, she married Charles Allan "Al" Herndon Jr., a pioneering WBAL-TV weather broadcaster and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. lawyer, who died in 2002.
Mrs. Herndon, who lived for 50 years on Sedgwick Road in the city's Evergreen neighborhood, was an advocate for the developmentally disabled and played a major role in the building of High Peake House for adults, which opened in 1992 in Towson. She later served as a member of its board.
She also was the first woman to serve as president of the Baltimore chapter of the March of Dimes. She was a member of the board of the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and had been on the executive board of what is now Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Mrs. Herndon had been a regional representative to the Task Force on Infant Mortality. She also led capital campaigns and served as a trustee of Bryn Mawr School.
She was a longtime active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where she served as a member of the Session and as a member of the Committee on Mission for the Presbytery. In recent years, she turned her attention to world peace and participated in "Women in Black" demonstrations.
Since 2011, Mrs. Herndon had lived at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in West Towson, where she enjoyed reading and playing bridge.
Services will by held at 1 p.m. Saturday at her church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave.
Surviving are two sons, Charles A. Herndon III, a spokesman for Baltimore County public schools, and John C. Herndon of Towson; a daughter, Lila H. Vizzard of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Joye Smith Wilhide of Towson; and four grandchildren.
Carol M. Herndon, volunteer
Carol Mae Herndon (Baltimore Sun / September 15, 2012)
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