Joseph P. Folkoff, former official at Levindale...


September 12, 1991

Joseph P. Folkoff, former official at Levindale, dies

Services for Joseph P. Folkoff, who retired in 1965 as executive director of what is now the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Folkoff, who was 94 and lived at Highfield House, died Tuesday of a heart ailment at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

During his 22 years at Levindale, it grew from a shelter of fewer than 200 beds to a chronic and rehabilitation hospital with 270 beds and outpatient and day-care programs.

A supporter of the idea that only a small proportion of elderly people need nursing care in an institution, he also helped develop the nearby Concord Apartments, a residence for the elderly.

He lectured at the New York School of Social Work, the Johns Hopkins medical school, the George Washington University School of Hospital Administration and elsewhere, in addition to writing many professional and reports.

A delegate to the 1963 White House Conference on Aging in 1963, he also was a consultant or study committee member for many organizations, including the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, the Capital District Health and Welfare Council in Washington and the Maryland State Planning Department.

In New York City before coming to Levindale, he was a social worker or administrator at agencies whose work ranged from children's welfare to parole matters.

A founder and the first treasurer of the National Association of Jewish Homes for the Aged, he also was an early member of the National Association of Social Workers.

In addition, he was a member of the National Interfaith Consultation on Social Welfare; the Mayor's Commission on Planning for the Aged; the Maryland Hospital Conference; the Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware Hospital Conference; the American Hospital Association; the International Gerontological Congress; the Geriatric Society of America; the National Conference of Social Work; and the Society of Certified Social Workers.

Born in New York City, he was a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and later studied at the New York School of Social Work, Columbia University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rae Abrams; two sons, Richard D. Folkoff of Pikesville and Arthur R. Folkoff of Glencoe, Ill.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Albert E. Stewart

Retired shipyard worker

Services for Albert E. Stewart, a retired shipyard worker, will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021 Leadenhall St.

Mr. Stewart, who was 90 and lived on Cleveland Street in the Pigtown area for many years, died Sunday at Bon Secours Hospital after a stroke.

He retired about 25 years ago as a rigger at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Shipyard at Sparrows Point where he worked for many years.

A native of New York state who was reared in Culpepper, Va., he came to Baltimore as a young man.

His wife, the former Julia Tilghman, died in 1959.

He is survived by a daughter, Martha Roach of Baltimore; two sons, William Stewart of Port Arthur, Texas, and Percy Stewart of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Dr. Robert Roubenoff

On area hospital staffs

Graveside services for Dr. Robert Roubenoff, who had practiced internal medicine in the Baltimore area since 1966, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road at Crondall Lane in Owings Mills.

Dr. Roubenoff, who was 64 and lived on Bucksway Road in Owings Mills, died Tuesday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He maintained an office on Belair Road in Overlea and was a member of the staffs of North Charles, Sinai, Good Samaritan and Franklin Square hospitals.

He was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, he served in the non-Communist underground during World War II and was blacklisted by the Communists after they came to power.

In 1948, he escaped to Israel and served in its Army during its War of Independence.

A 1952 graduate of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem, he served an internship and residency at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati and then returned to Israel, where he became assistant chief of medicine at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv before coming to Baltimore.

Dr. Roubenoff, who spoke seven languages, was fond of reading and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dbora Brandt; a son, Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff of Boston; his mother, Victoria Roubenoff of Holon, Israel; a sister, Batya Yonath of Tel Aviv; nieces; nephews and cousins.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the American Cancer Society.

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