New Director Brings International Perspective To Hospice

Neighbors/Severna Park

Norwegian-born Nissen Familiar With British Tradition

July 18, 1991|By Joni Guhne

Lars Egede-Nissen has taken over as director of the Arundel Hospice,replacing the woman whose name has been synonymous with the hospice for 12 years, Beverly H. Bassford.

Bassford brought the hospice concept to Severna Park in 1979, opening a small office on Benfield Road. When that space became impossibly crowded, a new home was found inthe Headquarters business complex in Millersville, where it remains today.

A native of Norway, Egede-Nissen has been involved in the hospiceprogram for 12 years. He has been director of three centers: a ruralhospice in Northern California and two suburban ones in California and Connecticut.

Egede-Nissen brings not only experience in management but also familiarity with hospices in Britain, where the first care-giving homes were built around the turn of the century. The oldestmodern-day hospice, St. Christopher's, was built near Wimbledon in 1967.

In 1970, Professor Eric Wilkes founded St. Luke's Hospice near London, the second-oldest hospice in operation today. Egede-Nissen has played host to Wilkes in Walnut Creek.

The purpose of the Arundel Hospice is to provide home care to terminally ill children and adults and their families. The program offers follow-up family servicesand bereavement care for family and friends.

For further information, call 987-2003.


The music teacher with the lyrical voice said it all came as a shock to her.

But it was no surprise to the Broadneck Elementary School PTO, which placed her name in nomination,that Georgeanne Diehl was named one of three finalists in the competition for the 1990-1991 Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year.

The Round Bay resident, who came in third, has taught music at Broadneck for the past 15 years. She competed against 30 educators from across the county, representing kindergarten through 12th grade.

Since1976, Diehl has taught children in grades one through five to sing, dance and play the recorder and ukulele. She also has conducted a chorus for the two older grades.

There's no chance of burnout for this dedicated teacher.

"I love this job; it's so creative," she says. "The children are very teachable, the parents are interested in their children and the principal (Phyllis Mentzell) is the best."

Diehl says one of her favorite jobs is directing the annual fifth-grade musical. After 15 years, it has become a school tradition.

She hasone son, Ryan, who is a professional drummer.

Old Mill English teacher Art Smelkinson was named Teacher of the Year, and Georgetown East fifth-grade teacher Janice Spicknall came in second.

Winners were chosen by the county Board of Education.


During the 1991 session of the General Assembly, legislation was introduced to prohibit the testing of cosmetics and household products on animals. It was defeated by a vote of 14 to 8.

Noxell Corp. has said it has placeda moratorium on animal testing, although company representatives testified against the bill.

One way to influence companies like Noxell is to become a caring consumer. The SPCA provides a list of companies that do not test on animals.

Send a stamped, self-addressed, legal-size envelope to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, P.O. Box 3471, Annapolis, 21403.

The SPCA also has an information line that operates during non-office hours. The recording can be reached at 268-5285.

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