Joan Sutton dies at 51


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December 15, 1991

Joan Sutton dies at 51; nurse taught at Hopkins

A memorial service for Joan D. Sutton, who taught in the Johns Hopkins nursing and medical schools and was an expert on the care of rheumatology patients, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Hurd Hall in the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Ms. Sutton, who was 51, died Dec. 6 of cancer at her home on Woodson Road.

In addition to her faculty posts at the two schools, she was a clinical specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Good Samaritan Hospital and also taught students at the University of Maryland Nursing School.

The former Joan D. Masek was a native of Chicago who came to Baltimore in 1958 to attend Goucher College.

After two years there, she began studies at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree.

After three months as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she became an instructor at the nursing school.

She remained at Hopkins until her death except for two periods. From 1968 to 1969, she worked on the staff of the General Hospital of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and from 1972 to 1973 she did graduate work at the University of Maryland nursing school, where she earned a master's degree.

Ms. Sutton was one of the few people to teach in the three nursing programs that Hopkins has had over the years, the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, the nursing program of the School of Health Sciences, and the present Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

She also served twice as president of the nursing alumnae, from 1974 until 1975 and again from 1979 until 1980 and was a member of the executive board of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association in the 1970s and early 1980s.

She wrote many professional papers, textbook chapters and reviews, many of them dealing with the care of those with arthritis or other with rheumatic diseases.

She was a former president of the Arthritis Health Professions Association, which gave her a fellowship and honored her with its Addie Thomas Outstanding Service Award and its Southeastern Regional Distinguished Service Award.

She was elected to Sigma Theta Tau, a national nursing honorary society, and was a member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Honor Society.

A 1989 winner of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Society, she was also the 1990 winner of the nursing school's Caroline Pennington Award for Excellence in Teaching. The school has established an award in her name for a graduating student.

She is survived by a brother, Richard Masek of Lindenhurst, Ill.; a niece; and a nephew.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Anita Abrams

Store operator

Services for Anita Abrams, who operated grocery and department stores with her husband and also taught business courses in Baltimore schools, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Abrams, who was 82 and lived on Brook Crest Way in Pikesville, died Wednesday at a hospital in Washington after a heart attack at the home of her son in Potomac.

She retired in 1972 as the owner of the Blue Front Department Store in Minersville, Pa., which she had operated with her husband, Herbert B. Abrams, from 1947 until his death in 1968.

Earlier in the 1940s, they operated a West Baltimore grocery store.

The former Anita Rubenstein was a native of Poland who came to Baltimore as a child with her family. A graduate of Eastern High School, she attended the Johns Hopkins University before teaching business courses and working briefly in the late 1930s for the Census Bureau in Washington.

She was a member of the Sisterhood of the Beth El Congregation, Hadassah, the Pioneer Women and Women's American ORT.

In addition to her son, Lawrence I. Abrams, her survivors include a sister, Charlotte Stombler of Lochearn, and two grandsons.

Tench F. Tilghman

English professor

Services for Tench Francis Tilghman, professor emeritus of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg, Va., and graveside services will be held at noon tomorrow at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis.

Dr. Tilghman, who was 87, died Thursday of pneumonia at a hospital in Blacksburg.

He retired about 20 years ago as a professor at VPI after serving on the faculty there since 1942.

From 1934 until 1942 he served on the faculty of St. John's College in Annapolis which, in 1984, published his history of the school from 1784 until 1941.

He was also a contributor or an editor of books published by the Salem Press, including "Masterplots," a series of 30 publications giving the plots and themes of literary works, and of "Magill's Quotations in Context," which gives both the source and the surrounding circumstances of various phrases.

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