Joan Cardwell Martin, one of Jemicy School’s original faculty, dies – Baltimore Sun

Joan Cardwell Martin, one of the original faculty members of the Jemicy School and an avid reader, died April 16 after surgery for a broken hip at Sinai Hospital. She was 88 and lived at Broadmead Retirement Community in Cockeysville.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Marion Cardwell, who worked in investments for the Hilliard Lyon firm, and Elizabeth Burns, a homemaker and sewing teacher. Ms Martin was a graduate of Kentucky Home School for Girls and graduated from Bradford Junior College in Massachusetts.

She met her future husband, Charles S. Garland Jr., at a party in Louisville while he was attending a training program for Merrill Lynch.

They moved to Baltimore after marrying in 1954.

“He was a modest, low-key person,” said his daughter Elizabeth Garland Wilmerding.

She has volunteered for many organizations, including the Johns Hopkins Hospital Women’s Council and the Walters Art Museum Women’s Committee.

“In the 1970s, as women left their homes and went to work, my mother decided she wanted to help children with learning difficulties and dyslexia,” her daughter Elizabeth said. “It was a big deal for her to get the job. She was proud to be in the workforce and helping children.

She became a tutor at Jemicy School. She trained with Alice Koontz and found the experience difficult. She studied the Orton-Gillingham method to help students learn to read.

“She was a wonderful tutor,” said Mark Westervelt, Jemicy’s assistant manager. “She got involved with our students in the early days of Jemicy. She was bright and had a cheerful disposition. She brought her skills and added to our faculty. I remember her evenings at her house. She was an excellent and gracious host.”

In addition to her role at Jemicy, she often entertained at her home.

“My mother was a warm and welcoming host,” her daughter Elizabeth said. “She was involved in the philanthropic organizations that she and my father supported.”

In 1993, after the death of her first husband, she married Joseph Ramsey Martin Jr. They lived in Charlottesville, Virginia.

She spent part of her days reading and loved the works of Willa Cather, Wallace Stegner, Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“When my mother went to her book club, which she did religiously, she was prepared. She was diligent and took notes,” her daughter Margaret Garland Whitman said. “Beautiful words stayed with her. She read carefully and often quoted literature and poetry.

Her grandchildren observed that there was never a book they mentioned that Nana had not read.

Ms. Martin was also an excellent bridge player. She tended a garden at home and played golf. She also enjoyed educational trips.

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“She did a lot of research before leaving. She read about the places she was going. She learned about history, architecture and geography, and kept detailed, hour-by-hour travel journals,” her daughter Elizabeth said. “After she got home, she made albums about her travels.”

Ms. Martin spent time at both the Ausable Club in the Adirondacks and Yeamans Hall Club outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

“She loved these places for their people and their beauty,” said her daughter Margaret.

After moving to Charlottesville, Ms. Martin served on the University of Virginia Cancer Council and the Charlottesville Symphony Society. She was a member of the local Planned Parenthood Auxiliary Council.

Survivors include his two daughters, Margaret Garland Whitman and Elizabeth Garland Wilmerding, both of Baltimore; one son, Charles S. Garland III of Rye, New York; two stepchildren, Joseph Ramsey Martin III of Baltimore and Mary Case Martin of Nashville, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Her first husband, Charles Garland Jr., died in 1990. Her second husband, Joseph Ramsey Martin Jr., died in 2020.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., of which she was a member.


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