Patrick T. HarnettUM teacher, social workerA Mass of...


November 29, 1991

Patrick T. Harnett

UM teacher, social worker

A Mass of Christian burial for Patrick T. Harnett, a social worker and assistant professor at the University of Maryland, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, 2910 Echodale Ave.

Dr. Harnett, who was 39 and lived in the Hamilton section of Baltimore, died of cancer Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He had been incapacitated since September, when a brain tumor was diagnosed and the malignancy spread to his lungs, spinal fluid and bone marrow.

Specializing in mental health and the aging, Dr. Harnett was a clinical social worker at the University of Maryland Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and taught courses in social work and the psychology of aging.

Since 1989, Dr. Harnett had been an assistant professor of social work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He had been an instructor in Towson State University's psychology department

since 1981 and taught at Loyola College in the early 1980s.

The New Jersey native was reared in Philadelphia and moved to Baltimore in 1975.

He received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from Wheeling College in West Virginia, where he acted in theatrical productions.

He received a master's degree from Loyola College in Baltimore in the early 1980s, and his doctorate in social work -- and an additional doctoral certificate in gerontology -- from UMAB in 1986.

At the university institute, he worked with elderly psychiatric patients in both individual and family therapy.

Dr. Harnett's first research article, "Patterns of Emergency Department Use by Geriatric Patients," is to be published in the spring in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. He was working on two others when he became ill.

Dr. Harnett sang tenor, played the piano, and enjoyed white-water rafting and basketball.

He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a parishioner at St. Dominic's Church.

Surviving are his wife of four years, the former Susan A. Mangano; a 3-month-old son, Patrick Jeremiah Harnett; three brothers, Daniel J. Harnett and Joseph Harnett, both of Philadelphia, and Michael T. Harnett of Cambridge, Mass.; a sister, Kathleen Makowka of Connecticut; and nine nieces.

The family suggested donations to cancer research.

Ruth E. Strawbridge

Retired nurse

Services for Ruth E. Strawbridge, a retired registered nurse who worked in Baltimore area hospitals and nursing homes for more than 40 years, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the John C. Miller Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road in Overlea.

Mrs. Strawbridge died Wednesday of cancer at the Meridian Nursing Center in Hamilton, where she served as head nurse. She was 70.

The former Ruth McGahan was born on New Year's Day in Baltimore in 1921 and grew up on Belmar Avenue in Overlea. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1939 and received a diploma in nursing from the Maryland General School of Nursing in 1943.

She served in the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II at Portsmouth, Va., San Diego, Calif. and Seattle, Wash.

After her discharge from the Navy in 1946, she worked in the maternity ward at the old Harriet Lane Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In 1946, she married Harry R. Strawbridge Sr. and took a hiatus from her nursing career to give birth to four children.

She resumed her career at Franklin Square Hospital, working in pediatrics.

She later switched to geriatrics and worked at the House in the Pines Nursing Center in Catonsville.

In 1973, she moved to the Meridian Nursing Center in Hamilton where she worked until she retired in 1988.

An avid boater, Mrs. Strawbridge served as the First Lady of the Riverside Yacht Club in Essex in 1990.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Judy A. Tirschman and Bonnie J. Mach, both of Baltimore; two sons, Harry R. Strawbridge Jr. of Baltimore and Thomas M. Strawbridge of Bethesda; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Weber, and Matthew and Michael Tirschman, all of Baltimore; a sister, Betty Brendle of Glen Burnie; and a cousin, George Hauth of Cockeysville. The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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