Margaret G. Klitzke Retired social worker

October 22, 1990

Margaret Gaughan Klitzke, a retired social worker who was an art collector and writer, died Oct. 7 at her home in Ruxton after a short illness.

Mrs. Klitzke, who was 78, had been retired since 1977, after a nine-year stint in the Baltimore public schools.

She had earlier served as supervisor of psychiatric social services at the Alabama State Hospital in Tuscaloosa and as a supervisor of the child welfare division of the Indiana Department of Public Welfare in South Bend. While in the latter job during World War II, she was named to the president's Commission on Refugee Children.

After the war, she served for a time as dean of women at Alfred University in New York.

Before taking the post at Alfred, she married Dr. Theodore Klitzke, who was later to become academic vice president and acting president of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

They lived in Germany for a time while he acted as an educational consultant to the occupation forces, and she began collecting the prints of Kaethe Kollwitz, a German artist, feminist and social activist who died in 1945. The collection has been exhibited at the Maryland Institute, the Baltimore Museum of Art and elsewhere.

She also wrote short stories and articles that were published in newspapers in Fairhope and Gulf Shores, Ala., where the couple kept a vacation home.

The former Margaret Gaughan was a native of Needham, Ind., and was a graduate of Franklin College in Indiana. She did graduate work at the University of Chicago and received a master's degree in psychiatric social work from the University of Tennessee.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two daughters, Annetta Contestabile of Lugano, Switzerland, and Dr. Margaret G. Klitzke of Providence, R.I.; and a grandson.

Services for Mrs. Klitzke were private.

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