Diane L. Bredar, 40, manager of hospital diabetes program

August 07, 1998|By Rachel Elbaum | Rachel Elbaum,SUN STAFF

Diane Leith Bredar, a registered nurse and diabetes program manager at Howard County General Hospital, died Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle collision that day in Towson. The Hampton resident was 40.

Born in Washington, the former Diane Leith was the daughter of a CIA agent and lived as a child in Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq and Arlington, Va.

She received a nursing degree in 1980 and a master's degree in science and nursing in 1989, both from the University of Northern Colorado.

"She was a natural caregiver. It was her very nature. It came through in her care for her patients with chronic illnesses and it extended into her parenting," said her husband, James K. Bredar, a U.S. magistrate whom she married in 1988.

From 1980 to 1991, Mrs. Bredar was the diabetes nurse educator at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheatridge, Colo. While in Colorado, where she met her husband, she was a ski instructor for deaf children from 1985 to 1991.

The Bredars moved to London, where she was a registered general nurse and a diabetes specialist nurse. The next year, they moved to Hampton, where Mrs. Bredar founded the First Fridays group, a community group for mothers and children, and organized the community's block parties.

She was a classroom volunteer and school nurse substitute at her children's school, Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Towson.

"She was instrumental in raising a sense of community in our neighborhood," said Mary Ellen Pease, a friend and neighbor. "She was always the first to volunteer and the first to help out."

Mrs. Bredar joined Howard County General Hospital in 1993.

"You don't find people who are so technically and clinically outstanding," said Victor Broccolino, president and chief executive officer of Howard County General Hospital. "She combined these skills with compassion, respect and a good attitude."

Mrs. Bredar was treasurer of the Maryland Association of Diabetes Educators for three years, an organizer for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Walk and a member of the American Diabetes Association.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Thomas Bredar and Daniel Bredar, both of Towson; her parents, Harold B. and Helen Leith of Golden, Colo.; two brothers, Michael Leith of Denver and Larry Leith of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and a sister, Kathleen Porter of Golden.

Pub Date: 8/07/98

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