Tracie L. Giles

Tracie L. Giles was a senior vice president and compliance officer for Inglis House.

She died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 after battling breast cancer. She was 52.

She was born on July 18, 1962 to Jean L. Butler and Aubrey A. Butler Jr. in Philadelphia. She was educated in public and private schools. After completing junior high school at the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School, Giles received her secondary education at the Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., from which she graduated in 1980.

She graduated from John Hopkins University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree and obtained her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Upon graduation, Giles was hired as an associate in the real estate department at the law firm of Dechert Price. She left Dechert Price after three years for a position as in house counsel at General Electric – Tip/Modular Space where she rose to the position of general counsel before leaving in 2007. After a brief sabbatical, Giles took a position with Cigna as associate general counsel and compliance officer. She left Cigna in 2010 and a year later, she was hired at Inglis House.

She met the love of her life, Darrell Giles, at a mentoring program at Drexel University in 1991. They were married on July 18, 1992 in Villanova. Two sons were born to their union.

Giles loved life. She enjoyed entertaining, being surrounded by friends, family, good food, good wine, good music and a good party.

Giles loved the beach and enjoyed spending as much time as possible at her home in Long Beach Island, N.J. During the past ten years, she and her husband spent most weekends there. When their home was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Giles started planning to build a new house at the shore. One of her greatest joys was her intimate involvement in every aspect of the design, layout and furnishing of her new palace.

She served as the club treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of National Smart Set.

Her family said those who knew her professionally recognized the Harvard Law School graduate as a very special talent with a keenly focused intellect. Those who knew her personally experienced her warmth, her generosity to others and commitment she had to her husband and two sons.

“Tracie battled breast cancer for nearly two and a half years, but throughout that journey, she served as an example to many, as she faced this disease with determination, with courage and with grace,” her family said.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by her sons Wesley and Darren; siblings Deborah Butler Delany, Donna M. Butler and Keith A. Butler Sr. and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held on Nov. 29 at Calvary Assembly of God, 7910 Washington Lane, Wyncote. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Ivy Hill Cemetery.

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I just saw this today. This is truly sad news for the Johns Hopkins community. Unfortunately,

I met Tracie during my freshman year at JHU. She was always kind, encouraging, and ready to assist me during my early years at Hopkins. To me, Tracie was a beacon of kindness in a not so kind environment.

I hope God heals your hearts soon.

Rick Gilmore

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