Jac­que­line L. Gam­per

Home­maker and long­time vol­un­teer en­joyed cook­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and work­ing in her gar­den

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen fras­mussen@balt­sun.com

Jac­que­line L. “Jackie” Gam­per, who vol­un­teered with out­reach pro­grams at the Epis­co­pal Church of the Redeemer and served on the Women’s Board of Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal, died Oct. 29 of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure at the Pick­ers­gill Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in Tow­son. She was 98.

“She was a lovely lady. We worked very closely to­gether with the Women’s Board at Hop­kins. She was al­ways a plea­sure to work with,” said Grace Syming­ton “Gra­cie” Rien­hoff, a friend of more than 40 years who now lives in Ch­ester­town.

“Jackie was al­ways very up and had a great sense of hu­mor. She was a won­der­fully pleas­ant per­son, and we felt very close to her fam­ily,” Mrs. Rien­hoff said.

“She was just a lovely lady and I re­mem­ber Jackie very fondly,” said Ellen H. Go­dine, a North Roland Park res­i­dent who also served on the Hop­kins’ board with Mrs. Gam­per. “She had a quiet way about her and a la­dy­like man­ner.”

Jac­que­line Lan­grall was born in Bal­ti­more and raised in Wind­sor Hills. She was the daugh­ter of Ernest Lan­grall, who worked at J. Lan­grall and Brother, a fam­ily can­ning busi­ness, and Maude Harker Lan­grall, a home­maker and vol­un­teer.

She was a 1935 grad­u­ate of Western High School, where she was ac­tive in theater and a mem­ber of the Sphinx Club, a dis­cus­sion group.

Be­cause of the De­pres­sion, Mrs. Gam­per was un­able to at­tend col­lege. Dur­ing World War II she worked for the Penn­syl­va­nia Wa­ter and Power Co.

In 1949, she mar­ried Charles Richard Gam­per, a teacher, coach and ad­min­is­tra­tor at Gil­man School. The cou­ple set­tled in the Roland Park Apart­ments, where they lived un­til the early 1950s, when they moved into a house on the Gil­man cam­pus.

Mrs. Gam­per, an ac­com­plished cook and a col­lec­tor of cook­books, en­joyed host­ing dinner par­ties and Sun­day brunches.

“What a gra­cious lady. She was an as­set to the Gil­man School com­mu­nity and was the per­fect bal­ance be­tween her hus­band — who had a grav­elly voice and was some­what gruff. But both had hearts of gold,” said John E. Schmick, for­mer Gil­man head­mas­ter. “They were both leg­ends at Gil­man.”

“Liv­ing on cam­pus with three boys of her own and an ex­tended fam­ily of ‘sons,’ she ‘adopted’ the daugh­ters of fac­ulty mem­bers and de­lighted in hav­ing tea par­ties for them,” a son, Thomas O. Gam­per, wrote in an email pro­file of his mother. “This was a ri­tual that she con­tin­ued with her grand­daugh­ters.

“As a young fac­ulty fam­ily, we rou­tinely joined the other fam­i­lies for potluck din­ners on Satur­day nights --- so much so, we were all dubbed The Satur­day Night Club,” he wrote.

“She sa­vored the ri­tual of din­ing and we of­ten dined by can­dle­light even on school nights,” wrote Mr. Gam­per, who lives in Charles Vil­lage.

An­ton J. Vishio, who was chair­man of the clas­si­cal lan­guage de­part­ment at Gil­man, and his wife, Pa­tri­cia Ann “Pat” Vishio, Gil­man li­brar­ian, lived two doors down from the Gam­pers.

“Char­lie and I be­came good friends, and Jackie was al­ways some­thing very spe­cial,” said Mr. Vishio, who spent 45 years at Gil­man be­fore re­tir­ing in 2010. “She had a cen­ter steadi­ness, and in the face of any oc­cur­rence dis­played a cer­tain grace. She re­mained fo­cused. Noth­ing up­set her.

“Her love for her fam­ily was sub­stan­tial and lim­it­less,” said Mr. Vishio, a Tow­son res­i­dent. “As a mother, she let us be lit­tle boys, and we had free rein over the fields, streams, Stony Run and woods of the Gil­man cam­pus — a lot of which was un­de­vel­oped back then,” Mr. Gam­per wrote. “She en­dured tad­poles, rab­bits, mice, tur­tles, dogs, cats, or­phaned pi­geons and the oc­ca­sional duck as pets.”

Mrs. Gam­per worked in out­reach pro­grams spon­sored by the Epis­co­pal Church of the Redeemer, where she had been a long­time com­mu­ni­cant.

She was so suc­cess­ful rais­ing funds for the Women’s Board at Hop­kins that at the time of her re­tire­ment from the or­ga­ni­za­tion, Mrs. Gam­per was given an mem­ber­ship to the Hop­kins Club. Her son wrote that she con­sid­ered it “akin to re­ceiv­ing an hon­orary de­gree.”

Af­ter Mr. Gam­per’s re­tire­ment in 1984, the cou­ple moved to Cen­ter Sand­wich, N.H., where Mrs. Gam­per was ac­tive in the Woman’s Club of Sand­wich and the Fed­er­ated Church of Sand­wich. She sup­ported the church’s food bank, adult ed­u­ca­tion and Ox­fam pro­grams.

She was an avid flower and veg­etable gar­dener and an ac­com­plished needle­point ar­ti­san. She en­joyed col­lect­ing fam­ily history, pho­to­graphs and recipes. She also had amassed a col­lec­tion of Mother’s Day, Christ­mas and birth­day cards that went back years, her son said.

Her hus­band died in 2008, and for the last 11 years, Mrs. Gam­per resided at the Pick­ers­gill Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day at her church, 5603 N. Charles St.

In ad­di­tion to Thomas Gam­per, she is sur­vived by two other sons, C. Richard Gam­per Jr. of Home­land and William H. Gam­per of Tow­son; eight grand­chil­dren; and two great-grand­chil­dren. Jac­que­line L. Gam­per served on the Women’s Board of Johns Hop­kins Hospi­tal.

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