A motorcade is not anything to get inordinately excited about in downtown Baltimore. Dignitaries often visit Harbor Place, Johns Hopkins Institutions, and the Basilica. America’s First Cathedral was built between 1806 and 1812 right after the United States Constitution was written. Pope John Paul II called it a worldwide symbol of religious freedom. Can you remember where in history you heard the architect’s name of Benjamin Henry Latrobe before?
Something about this moment and the cavalcade definitely caught the attention of Baltimoreons passing by. Many people were standing at attention along Charles Street and also in the Mount Vernon Place Park. But why? The wide doors to the Walter’s Art Museum had been opened up in the sunlight and a banquet table covered in white roses and lilies gleamed in the October midday light. The doors to the central marble hall on the Charles Street side of the museum are usually closed. Peering up the Palladian steps in the open air gives viewers an altogether different angle on the opulence contained in this small but superb Baltimore rendition of world class art and architecture.
Baltimore weather can be perfect; you just have to wait a while to catch the kind of Monday that this was.
The policemen stood at attention and did not mind the question about who was passing by. “Mrs. Modell died.”When the name Model brought about no recognition to mere onlookers, the response was one of indignation. “He owned the Ravens.”
At first it did not seem appropriate to report on a funeral procession, but Patricia Rose Breslin Modell was pure Baltimore when it came to culture and also member of the Catholic faith so essential to the character of Baltimore City. Perhaps in this case it will be O.K. to reminisce a moment about the gathering of her friends and family as a memorial to her life. The Baltimore Ravens and their fans expressed their condolences the following Sunday during the game.
Patricia Breslin was an actress. She co-starred in “The People’s Choice” with Jackie Cooper in 1953. In 1964 she played the role of Laura Brooks on the sensationally popular “Peyton Place”. From 1966 to 1969 she played the part of Meg Baldwin on the soap opera “General Hospital” (perhaps the favorite soap opera of all time).
Mister Modell owned the Cleveland Browns before he became the owner of the Ravens team. As the man who brought NFL football back to Baltimore, he is revered by many in Baltimore City. He and his wife are famous for their generous gifts to Baltimore institutions including the SEED school. The couple resided in Owings Mills, Maryland.
“Mrs. Modell” entered a hospice program five months prior to her passing. She was known for her Catholic faith and her dedication to her family.