Ruth B. Chapin, a resident of Baltimore, Md., and Tenants Harbor, died in Baltimore on June 4, 2011. She was 88.

The daughter of a Methodist minister and a homemaker, Ruth M. Keele Brooks was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., and was raised in several towns along the Susquehanna River in upstate New York where her father was pastor for local churches.

After graduating from Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in 1940, she attended Goucher College in Baltimore for a year. She later attended Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., and Syracuse University, but did not complete college at that time, instead working during the war for IBM. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1966 and a master’s degree in education in 1971, also from Hopkins.

In 1945 she married the late Edward Dexter Chapin of Baltimore. Mrs. Chapin taught at several private elementary schools in Baltimore, eventually becoming director of admissions at the Calvert School. After leaving the private school, she went to work in the department of education at a Baltimore hospital — St. Agnes Hospital. She retired in 1985.

During retirement, Mrs. Chapin volunteered at various institutions in Baltimore, including Paul’s Place, an organization providing services to inner city residents. Mrs. Chapin started several programs and organized summer camps that were intended to offer neighborhood children opportunities to avoid street violence and drugs.

Mr. and Mrs. Chapin occasionally vacationed in Port Clyde. Mrs. Chapin bought her house in Tenants Harbor in 1997. She spent much of her time in recent years in Tenants Harbor, coming to love coastal Maine, forming new friendships, attending conferences and local events, enjoying listening to music and the time for quiet reflection at home.

Mr. Chapin died in 2000.

Mrs. Chapin is survived by two sons, Peter B. Chapin and David W. Chapin, both of Cockeysville, Md.; four grandchildren; and her dear friend, Malcolm Von Saltza of Union.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston on July 5 at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Island Institute, P.O. Box 648, 386 Main St., Rockland, ME 04841; or Maine Sea Coast Mission, 127 West St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Burial will take place in Dorset, Vt.