Mark A. Krohn, 75, hospital administrator

January 26, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Mark A. Krohn, who was known as "Mr. St. Agnes" during his career as senior vice president at St. Agnes Hospital, died there Wednesday of cancer. He was 75 and a Catonsville resident.

In 1966, Mr. Krohn became the first lay person to join the administration of the Southwest Baltimore hospital, which had formerly been operated by nuns in the order of the Daughters of Charity.

During his 22-year career, Mr. Krohn oversaw the development of a full-time medical department and the employment of full-time chiefs of services in 23 departments.

He also was instrumental in planning and construction of numerous projects, including the $7 million, seven-story tower addition in 1980 and what was believed to be the world's first Chest Pain Emergency Center.

"He was there morning, noon and night, often seven days a week," said his wife of 36 years, the former Alice Fischer. "He even went in during a snowstorm one time and folded laundry."

Mrs. Krohn added, "That hospital was his home."

Mr. Krohn retired in 1988.

He was born in Lancaster, Wis., and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wis., where he graduated from high school in 1940. He was awarded a diploma in nursing from Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1946, and earned his bachelor's degree in nursing from DePaul University in Chicago in 1957.

He began his career as an administrator at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago from 1953 to 1957 and was administrator of the Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elizabeth, N.J., from 1959 to 1961.

After working as a hospital consultant in Colorado from 1961 to 1963, he joined Outerdrive Hospital in Lincoln Park, Mich., as an administrative assistant and later served as director of nursing until 1966, when he came to Baltimore.

He was a fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives and had been president of both the New Jersey and Maryland conferences of Catholic hospitals. In 1972, he was appointed by then-Gov. Marvin Mandel to the Maryland Advisory Council on Hospital Construction.

He was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 27 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Krohn is survived by a stepson, James Kohnen of Dublin, Calif.; a sister, Linda Weber of Chippewa Falls; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Pub Date: 1/26/98

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