John W. ShafferPsychologist, statisticianDr. John W...

February 27, 1994

John W. Shaffer

Psychologist, statistician

Dr. John W. Shaffer, a renowned psychologist and statistician, died Feb. 18 of Alzheimer's disease at Summit Nursing Home in Catonsville where he had lived since 1991. He was 62.

Dr. Shaffer had been an associate professor of medical psychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1957 until he retired in 1986 because of health reasons. He also had been a consultant to the Social Security Administration from 1965 until 1988 and was chief of behavioral sciences for Friends Medical Science Research Center Inc. from 1963 until 1988.

"He could handle data in a focused way and had a genius for pulling work together to get a view of what was going on. He made many great contributions and had an national and international reputation," said Dr. David Nurco of Friends Medical Science Research Center.

"His vocation was his avocation," said his wife, the former Sandra M. Slifkin whom he married in 1953. "He enjoyed his work and was the author or co-author of over 100 papers relating to psychology, the behavioral sciences or research statistics."

Born and reared in Harrisburg, Pa., Dr. Shaffer attended schools there and earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University.

He was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Maryland Psychological Association and the American Statistical Association. He had been chairman of the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychology.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Bishop Cummins Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church, 2001 Frederick Road, Catonsville, where he was a member.

Other survivors include two sons, Jeffrey B. Shaffer of Silver Spring and Clifford A. Shaffer of Blacksburg, Va.; two brothers, W. Berle Shaffer of Pavia, Pa., and C. Boyd Shaffer of Palm City, Fla.; a sister, Grace S. Miller of Pavia; and a grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the church or the Alzheimer's Association Chapter, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212.

Alfreda Joy Owen


Alfreda Joy Owen, a Glen Burnie homemaker, died Wednesday of pneumonia and heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. She was 58.

Born Alfreda Cales in Sandstone, W.Va., she had lived in Glen Burnie for 21 years. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Marley Park. Sewing, cooking and enjoying the outdoors were among her hobbies.

In 1968, she married Stanley R. Owen Sr. in Annapolis.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Singleton Funeral Home Chapel in Glen Burnie, with burial in Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville. There will be visitation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Owen is survived by four sons, Ricky Bruce Cales of Washington, Pa., Robert Lee Cales of Chestertown, and Stanley R. Owen Jr. and Roger Allen Owen, both of Altoona, Pa.; a brother, Billy Joe Cales of Glen Burnie; a sister, Geraldine Parsons of Crisfield; and three grandchildren.

Gregory A. Lee

Retired USF&G official

Gregory A. Lee, retired assistant superintendent of the underwriting division of USF&G, died Feb. 20 of heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 86 and had lived in St. Elizabeth's Hall at Cardinal Shehan Center for the Aging in Towson for the past 10 years. He retired in 1972 after many years with the USF&G.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College and earned a degree in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University.

He worked for the Baltimore Health Department before serving as a Navy officer during World War II.

A resident of Catonsville for many years, he was a member of the Senior Citizens Club of St. Mark's Parish, the Patapsco Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Johns Hopkins Club.

He was a member of the Society of Property-Casualty Underwriters and taught insurance courses at Catonsville Community College.

After moving to St. Elizabeth's Hall, he was active in the community there and volunteered at the adjacent Stella Maris Hospice.

Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, the former Winifred Stanton; three daughters, Winifred Scheffel of Catonsville, Janet Crocket of Stamford, Conn., and Deborah Knox of Timonium; two sisters, Dolores Peitz of Timonium and Rita Milburn of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday in the chapel at Stella Maris.

Catherine E. Ward

Nursing professor

Catherine E. Ward, a retired assistant professor of nursing at the University of Maryland, died Feb. 19 of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 68 and lived in Catonsville.

She retired in 1987 as a faculty member in the graduate program in psychiatric nursing. During her career at UM, which began in 1965, she also taught in the undergraduate program.

Earlier, she taught at Boston University and was a psychiatric nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Langley-Porter Psychiatric Institute in San Francisco and the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, where she was a research team leader.

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