Marcia W. Keen, artist

Marcia W. Keen, a former freelance commercial artist who drew maps and charts during World War II, died Wednesday of Alzheimer's disease at the Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn. She was 99.

The daughter of the Rev. Clarence Willard Whitmore, an Episcopal priest, and Ethel McCleary Whitmore, a homemaker, Marcia Whitmore was born in Washington.

She was raised in St. Mary's City and Reisterstown and was a 1933 graduate of St. Mary's Seminary in St. Mary's City. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from what is now the Maryland Institute College of Art and did postgraduate work there and at the Art Students League of New York.

She also studied political science at the Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University.

During World War II, Mrs. Keen worked for the Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey, drafting maps and aeronautical charts for military use.

She subsequently taught at the Maryland Academy of the Arts from 1948 to 1952. She worked at Bendix Corp. from 1954 to 1967, where she did a wide variety of art and drafting work that often included conceptual drawings.

From 1969 until retiring in 1990, Mrs. Keen worked as a freelance commercial artist.

In 1948, she married Edward Randolph Keen, an artist and photographer she met at MICA. He died in 2012.

Mrs. Keen was a lifelong Episcopalian and a communicant of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.

Mrs. Keen had been a Guilford resident. She had lived at the old Wesley Home in Mount Washington before moving to the Augsburg retirement home in recent years.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Mrs. Keen is survived by a nephew and several nieces.

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