Virginia Barrett Sherwood, former president of the board of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died Tuesday of a heart ailment at her home on Devon Hill Road. She was 81.
A memorial service for Mrs. Sherwood was being held today at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.
She headed the board at GBMC in the 1970s and had been a member since the hospital was established, having served on the board of a predecessor, the Hospital for the Women of Maryland.
She helped establish the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation, a fund-raising group, and had been a volunteer in the hospital gift shop.
An outpatient surgery center dedicated about 10 years ago was named for her, as was the Virginia B. Sherwood Council, an organization for financial donors.
The former Virginia Barrett was a native of Charleston, W. Va., who was reared in Baltimore and attended the Bryn Mawr School.
Her husband, John R. Sherwood, had been in the oil and automobile businesses and served on the Baltimore school board and the Johns Hopkins University board. Mr. Sherwood, whose father created Sherwood Gardens, died in 1983.
She is survived by a son, John R. Sherwood III of Annapolis; a daughter, Sue Clark Sherwood of the Elkridge Estates; two sisters, Susan B. Matthews of Ruxton and Joan B. Wall of California; two brothers, J. Clark Barrett of Ruxton and John Barrett of San Diego; and two grandchildren.