Jeannette Benedict Phelps

March 16, 1937June 21, 2018

Jeannette Benedict Phelps died at Roland Park Place in Baltimore, MD on June 21, 2018. She was 81. She was born on March 16, 1937 in Rhinebeck, NY, to Pierson Smith Phelps and Harriet Case Phelps, and she grew up in Hyde Park. Ms. Phelps graduated from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie and received her BA from Hood College in Frederick, MD in 1959. Over the years she made significant gifts to both schools.

Ms. Phelps worked for American Airlines for 34 years in New York and Hartford. She was part of the team that initiated the Sabre System, bringing airlines reservations into the digital age. During her years with AA, she took advantage of the opportunity to travel extensively. She was also a great sports fan, supporting the NY Mets and the Hartford Whalers. When she retired, she moved to Baltimore and for some time she was a regular at Camden Yards, cheering on the Orioles and Cal Ripkin. Ms. Phelps also appreciated the arts, supporting the symphony in Baltimore, as well as museums. She was a strong advocate of organizations that help senior citizens, such as the Waxter Center, making generous donations and stressing the importance of being informed and learning about decisions affecting seniors. Ms. Phelps was also active with a crochet hook, making dozens of scarves for folks at the infusion clinic at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore.

Ms. Phelps is survived by her siblings, Penelope Phelps of Cadillac, MI; Lancelot Phelps and his wife Lynn of Middlebury, VT; and Elisabeth and her husband Christopher Rector of Thomaston, ME; as well as seven nieces and nephews and nine grand nieces and nephews.

The family is very grateful to the staff at Roland Park Place for their professional and personalized care of Jeannette, especially in the past few months.

A celebration of Jeannette’s life will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Clipper Mill Room at Roland Park Place, at 830 West 40th Street, Baltimore 21211.

As per her wishes, Ms. Phelps has been cremated and her ashes will be interred at St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, NY.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 13, 2018

Jeannette Benedict Phelps

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July 3, 2018

J. P. was a loyal member of our Hood College class. No one was more supportive of the college and of her classmates. She tried valiantly to learn to use email in order to correspond with us, but when she gave up she sent me envelopes and stamps so that I could send her hard copies of class news and other items she might miss. When news time came around, I would call her, and she would give me a wry rundown of her recent activities; then she would tell me what I had permission to print. She had a good time when she moved to Baltimore, being within walking distance of baseball and the symphony. I last talked with her a couple weeks before she died. She gave me her latest report with humor and resignation. I had no idea the end was so close. We will miss J. P., our good friend and cheerleader.

Martha Dudley Keller

June 30, 2018

JP was one unique and special human being: Smart; a memory like a steel trap; well-read and well-bred (she knew her etiquette); proud; proud of her family and lineage; sensitive (perhaps the most sensitive person I've ever met); exacting, challenging; disciplined; loyal; inquisitive; mischievous; comical with a dry, sophisticated, wry, wacky and wonderful sense of humor. Once one was welcome in JP's circle, you never wanted out. She could spin a story, read the newspaper, listen to the radio and have adventures when and where others would never notice.

I will miss you my pal. You'd be uncomfortable with my giving you a hug, but I wish I could just once more. And, I still have a can of Bookbinder's Oyster Stew for you.

Rest well and stir up a little mischief in Heaven. Guess God was good and ready for you.

connie wiemann

June 29, 2018

dear jeannette you were my mentor at AA when i joined the company in 1969 at the ripe old age of 20 you and geraldine were the gurus of the elite group known as revenue coordinators with your passing along with our manager chris two icons and pillars of AA have gone but you will never be forgotten i loved all your christmas cards through the years keeping me updated on old friends .. i will miss those tomes!! love connie&george

Vicki Marchant

June 28, 2018

My dear Jeannette,
So many memories, mostly centered around American Airlines in NYC in the Chrysler Building!
Thank you for being my mentor at AA. Always remember meeting you at Schrafft's for tea and bagels before our daily shifts. After I left AA and we kept in touch, so many notes and newspaper articles and lovely scarfs!! And then you retired to my home state of Maryland and took me to Camden Yards and kept me up to date with local news of Baltimore. I will miss sending you silly cards from Rochester NY, Chestertown MD, and Ocean City, MD. And Edisto Beach, SC. Will miss you and all our laughs and memories of AA. My condolences to your family. With love, Vicki/Graniteville SC.

Mimi Allison

June 27, 2018

Dear Jeannette,
I am sorry to learn that you are gone. We knew each other for so many years- since 1973- and had a lot of nice memories. The 1976 tall ships when you rented a room so we could have a great view, the months we had a group M&M binge sometimes consuming several pounds of chocolate..... and that you weren't allowed to be late to work because you only lived across the street. I will miss our phone calls and the letter packets of news you would send.
My condolences to your family and trust that you had many friends who cared about you.
🙏🏼 Mimi