Beverly Ann BaldwinGeriatric health authorityBeverly Ann...

April 24, 1995

Beverly Ann Baldwin

Geriatric health authority

Beverly Ann Baldwin, a nationally known expert in health care for the elderly, died April 12 after having a heart attack at her Crofton home. She was 53.

She had been a member of the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing faculty since 1980, and most recently had been doing research on the stress experienced by people caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Baldwin, who in 1984 earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Kentucky, also had done extensive research on dementia and other mental health care issues in the elderly, and behavior management in long-term care institutions.

"She has contributed so many innovative research ideas in gerontology and gerontological nursing," said Joyce Rasin, a fellow faculty member of Dr. Baldwin's at UMAB. "She was trying to improve the quality of life for residents of nursing homes.

"Also, the enthusiasm planted within her students is a major legacy of hers."

At UMAB, Dr. Baldwin was the first to occupy the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontological Nursing, which was established in 1990 and was one of the first endowed chairs in gerontology at any university in the United States, said Barbara R. Heller, dean of UMAB's school of nursing.

Dr. Baldwin was recognized as a Maryland Higher Education Eminent Scholar in 1990.

"She is mourned by professionals working with gerontological research across the country," Dr. Heller said. "People have always been very appreciative of her efforts. It's going to be hard to fill her shoes."

A native of Florida, Dr. Baldwin came to Maryland after working as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She also had been a clinical specialist at Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans and had been an assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Dr. Baldwin earned a master's degree in sociology from the University of New Orleans in 1975, a master's degree in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of Iowa in 1970, and was a 1966 graduate of Northwestern State University in Louisiana with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

"Thousands of elderly patients are getting better care in Maryland because of Dr. Baldwin's work," Dr. Heller said. "She reached out to patients in nursing homes and often suggested changes that improved their lives."

A memorial service was to be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Westminster Hall, University of Maryland at Baltimore on Fayette and Greene streets. A funeral was held in Port St. Joe, Fla., on April 17.

Dr. Baldwin is survived by her mother, Malzie Baldwin of Port St. Joe; her brother, Douglas Baldwin of Conroe, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund at the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Nursing and sent to the Dr. Beverly Ann Baldwin Memorial Fund, c/o the UM Foundation, 511 W. Lombard St., Baltimore 21201. Dorothy J. "Dot" Strigle, former chairwoman and chief executive officer of J. O. Spice Co. of Arbutus, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Charlestown Care Center in Catonsville, where she lived for the past 1 1/2 years. She was 76.

Mrs. Strigle and her husband of 33 years, James Ozzle Strigle, founded the spice distribution business on Pratt Street in 1945. The company grew to supply seafood seasonings to the restaurant and food industry throughout the United States. Mr. Strigle died in 1974.

Mrs. Strigle, a Philadelphia native, managed the company until her retirement eight years ago. She was a member of the company's board of directors until a year ago. The company has stayed in the family and is run by a daughter, M. Jane McPhaul of Catonsville, and a grandson, Donald Ports Jr. of Catonsville.

Before retiring, Mrs. Strigle was active in Baltimore County politics and was president of the English Council Democratic Club.

Surviving in addition to her daughter and grandson are two other daughters, Dorothy A. Martin of Hanover and Della Strigle of Robertsdale, Ala.; a sister, Betty Arnett of West Chester, Pa.; four other grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Charlestown Retirement Center Chapel, 701 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville. Steven Anthony McGrath, an air mechanic-electronics technician in Texas, died April 17 of a gunshot wound at his home in Belton, Texas. He was 32.

Mr. McGrath was born and raised in Baltimore, where he attended St. Anthony's School and, in 1981, graduated from Archbishop Curley High School. In 1983, he enlisted in the Army, leaving the service in 1989 with the rank of sergeant. As a civilian, he worked for Dyn Corp. at Fort Hood as an air mechanic-electronics technician.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road, Baltimore.

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