Virginia J. Sanbury, 76, a retired nursing professor who had helped train nurses in the Middle East, died of cancer Monday at her home in northeast Baltimore.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 10 E. Mount Vernon Place.
Miss Sanbury was a member of the Visiting Nurses Association from 1946 to 1947 and supervisor of pediatrics for Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1947 to 1957, before moving to Shiraz, Iran. There she helped establish the Adon Nenrazee Hospital Nursing School. She worked there until 1964 as administrator-supervisor of pediatrics, training Iranian nurses.
On returning to Baltimore in 1968, she became assistant professor of pediatric nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she worked until retiring in 1980.
The Busti, N.Y., native graduated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 from the McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree 10 years later from Boston University.
Miss Sanbury was a member of the Sunday Evening Club, the Baltimore Heritage Quilting Club and Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. She also was an avid gardener.
Survivors include a brother, C. Arthur Sanbury of Jamestown, N.Y.; four sisters, Marian Mowatt of Savona, N.Y., Martha Hinsdale of Busti, N.Y., Doris Paul of Bemus Point, N.Y., and Jean Sanbury of Perryburg, N.Y.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society; Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 3211 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218; or to Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 10 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore 21202.