Sally E. Nyborg, 18, played field hockey at Roland Park

May 22, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Sally Elizabeth Nyborg, a junior at Roland Park Country School and a member of the varsity field hockey team, died Sunday from complications resulting from lupus at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 18 and lived in Timonium.

Miss Nyborg was diagnosed with the disease in March and struggled valiantly to live in her final months.

"The last six weeks [were] an example of how she lived her life. She was a fighter and fought until the last minute. I don't think that she thought that she would die," said her brother, Mark Miles of Charlottesville, Va.

Throughout her illness, Roland Park students sat outside the intensive care unit where Miss Nyborg was hospitalized in a show of support.

"They sent hundreds of cards," said her father, Richard A. Nyborg. "The support and love they gave Sally was amazing. She loved her school, her classmates and life."

Joan Smith, head of the Upper School where Miss Nyborg was a member of the Class of 1999, described her as a "straight, clean-living girl who didn't smoke or drink. She was in excellent physical condition and the epitome of what a good teen-ager should be."

Miss Nyborg played attack on the junior varsity and varsity field hockey teams. Last year, she was selected to participate in the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Futures Program, a training ground for promising young athletes.

"Her death is a huge loss to the school. She was an outstanding young woman and I know we will all miss her wonderful smile," said Jean Waller Brune, headmistress of Roland Park Country School.

In her memory and in recognition of her athletic achievements, Roland Park Country School retired Miss Nyborg's athletic jersey, bearing her number 26, Monday.

She was buried yesterday in one of her field hockey jerseys, with a hockey stick bearing the signatures of her classmates and coaches in her hands, according to her father.

The school is starting the Sally E. Nyborg Hockey Invitational, an annual event that will commemorate her life and be held at the school in autumn. An all-school walk, which will be held next year for all the school's students, will raise money for lupus research and be in remembrance of Miss Nyborg.

Last summer, she volunteered at the Bennett Institute at the Children's Hospital, where she worked with physically challenged children.

Joining the Leukemia Society's "Team in Training" program, she prepared for the Marine Corps Marathon that was held in Washington in October. She completed the 26.2-mile marathon in 4 hours and 50 minutes, raising $1,800 for the Leukemia Society.

Miss Nyborg's goal was a career in the health and nutrition field after study at either Pennsylvania State University or the University of North Carolina.

Other interests included riding roller coasters, photography, baby-sitting and spending time with her friends.

Miss Nyborg was born in Cockeysville and lived there until 1996, when she moved with her family to Timonium. She attended St. Paul's School for Girls until she transferred to Roland Park Country School in 1995.

She was a member of Timonium United Methodist Church, where services were held yesterday.

In addition to her father and brother, she is survived by her mother, Jan Nyborg; her maternal grandparents, Johnnie and Mary Little of Savannah, Ga.; an uncle, Preston Cook Jr. of Savannah; an aunt, Ellen Rahn of Savannah; and many cousins.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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