McLeaurin, ran nursing agency

D. C.

May 02, 1994

Donald C. McLeaurin, clinical director and CEO of a nursing agency he owned, died April 7 of a brain tumor at Sinai Hospital. He was 49.

In 1987, he established the Social Health Association Inc., which provides nursing assistance. He also operated the Community Assistance Program, a nonprofit agency that allocated nursing assistance to those in need.

Linda Moore, nursing supervisor for the Baltimore City Health Department who became friends with him when they both attended the Community College of Baltimore, said: "Don was a caring and compassionate person. He was a social worker and a nurse, and he was the kind of person who wanted to reach out and help people in need. He was a fine, fine person and will be greatly missed."

Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. McLeaurin was a 1962 graduate of City College and earned his associate's degree from the Community College of Baltimore.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hunter College and master's degrees in population and family health from Columbia University School of Public Health, and in health and mental services from the Columbia University School of Social Work, both in 1979.

He also was a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

He began his career as a staff nurse in 1967 at the University of Maryland's Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He worked for a year as a staff nurse at the Morrisania Methadone Maintenance program in the Bronx, New York, before returning to Baltimore and working as a psychiatric nursing supervisor at the Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

He was a psychiatric consultant for in-patient medical and surgical units at the old Lutheran Hospital and also the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

His professional memberships included the American Nurses Association, National Association of Social Workers and the American Public Health Association.

He is survived by two sons, Christopher McLeaurin and David McLeaurin, both of New York City; his mother, Snowrita Harrison of Baltimore; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Services for Mr. McLeaurin were held April 12.

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