Carol L. Brewster, 92

Carol L. Brewster, 92; model, actress, political wife

Carol Brewster
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Carol L. Brewster, 92, a onetime model and actress who helped on the campaign trail of her then-husband, U.S. Sen. Daniel B. Brewster (D-Md.), died Feb. 4 at the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville, Md. She had complications from a stroke.

Mrs. Brewster often gave campaign speeches and made community appearances for her husband, who served one term in the Senate from 1963 to 1969. She also trained racehorses and participated in fox hunts at their farm in Glyndon, Md., north of Baltimore.

Before she and her husband were divorced in 1967, Mrs. Brewster had a second home in Georgetown and was well known on the Washington social circuit. She was an officer of the Congressional Club, an organization for congressional spouses.

Carol Helme Leiper was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., and began riding horses at 3. She won prizes at many horse shows and other events, often competing against men. She attended a finishing school in Switzerland and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and was an actress and model in her 20s.

She was the cover model on Mademoiselle magazine in June 1941 and appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Life magazines.

Mrs. Brewster, who lived in Owings Mills, Md., for 35 years, continued to fox hunt into her 60s and owned racehorses well into her 80s. She traveled widely, enjoyed golf, skiing and sailing and took adult education classes for many years.

Mrs. Brewster donated works of art to museums, including Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, and was a contributor to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Zoo and several Baltimore educational and medical institutions. She was a member of the Woman's National Democratic Club.

Her first marriage, to Gaston de Havenon, ended in divorce. A son from that marriage, Andre Victor de Havenon, died in 2000.

Brewster, her second husband, died in 2007.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Michael Helme de Havenon of New York City and East Hampton, N.Y.; two sons from her second marriage, Daniel Baugh Brewster Jr. of New York City and Little Compton, R.I., and Gerry Leiper Brewster of Cockeysville, Md.; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

-- Matt Schudel

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