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B--Son Moteo THE TIMES Monday, Jan. 6, 1975 (Tirrsos Photo} AT THE OPERA Mrs. Caroline P. Camp and her husband, Harry Camp Jr., were photographed at the opera in 1973. Death of Hillsborough Socialite Under Probe Mrs. Carolyn Passonneau Camp. 48, of 80 Downey Way, Hillsborough, who led the initial tour of American women leaders to the Pep- 5 le's Republic of China in une. 1974, was found dead on her bed Saturday night by her h u s b a n d , Harry Camp Jr., authorities report. An tentative f i n d i n g of suicide was made by the county coroner's office after an empty medicine bottle was found beside her. She was fully dressed and wore white gloves. A plastic cleaner's bag was found near her head on the bed. An apparent suicide note was found in a drawer of a night stand beside the bed, t h e c o r o n e r ' s o f f i c e reported. A spokesman said the note apparently had not been written recently. The coroner's spokesman reported that the office was told that the victim.had been depressed and had made suicide threats and attempts in the past. The office disclosed that the victim had been dead eight hours at least when found at about 11:15 p.m. by her husbimd, who had been in San Francisco all day. Two teen-age children also a p p a r e n t l y had not been home d u r i n g the day, the office said. Police said they found the husband on the floor in shock and the victim dead on the bed in a guest bedroom. A coroner's autopsy was performed but results of lexicological tests will be delayed for possibly a week or so, it was indicated. Hillsborough Police Chief Russell Fisher said an investigation is continuing. Mrs. Camp, who rarely used her first name, Teotis, and preferred Caroline, was prominent i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y and in Hillsborough. She had lectured at the Peninsula Morning Forum at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in March on her Chinese tour, during which she was photographed holding hands, as they walked through the Great Hall of People in Peking, with Madame Chou En Lai and Madame Kant Ke-Ching, wife of General Chu Te. She had corresponded with the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese N a t i Federation of Women since 1969 in preparation for the tour of 15 prominent women, whose members included writer Shana A l e x a Mrs. Robert McNamara, Mrs. Charles Hemphil! of San Francisco, president of American Women for International Understanding. This past September, in response to an i n v i t f r o m the Soviet W o Committee, she joined a delegation of the American Women for I n t e r n a Understanding in a trip to the USSR. T h e U W I U is whose volunteer and professional members work to build understanding, cooperation and good will through s t u d y p r o g r exchange visits. The Chinese tour program, designed to be the first of series of women's friendship visits, was credited to Mrs. Camp. A d d i t i o n a l l known as a free-lance photographer, and had entered her photographs in shows. She had just returned from Thailand. Active in Girl Scouting with the American Association of University Women, she was a graduate of the U n i v e r s i t y of where she had been a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and had done graduate work in child guidance and educational psychology at the University of California.