Louise Ann Meister, 59, assisted prisoners, AIDS patients, homeless

June 18, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Louise Ann Meister, a social worker who assisted prisoners, AIDS patients and the homeless, died of cancer Monday at her Columbia home. She was 59.

The director of social services for N Street Village in Washington, a center where 600 homeless women annually seek help, she had a long career with institutions in Baltimore and Washington.

"She had a tremendous passion for working for justice," said the Rev. Betsy Hague, the village's director of women's programs.

As a social worker at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda from 1981-1997, Miss Meister was a specialist in counseling terminally ill patients with AIDS and cancer. On weekends, she was a Bible study leader at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup.

"She was always reaching out to people, showing compassion and mercy," said Sandy Brian, administrator of St. John Lutheran Church in Columbia, where Miss Meister was a member. "She shared her faith, giving prisoners hope. She worked her job like it was a religious ministry."

Miss Meister began her career in 1964 in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer, helping to establish a foster care program.

A year later, she moved to Baltimore and joined the Methodist Board of Child Care as a family counselor. She then became an adoption specialist with the Baltimore Department of Social Services and later joined the staff of Sinai Hospital, where she worked with drug abusers.

She served as a therapist with the Family Life Center in Columbia from 1976-1986 and ran a pastoral reflection seminar at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park in the 1980s.

She was the author of professional papers that helped patients stricken with serious illness deal with faith issues.

She also wrote a paper entitled "Lessons from the Holocaust Applied to the Cancer Patient's Struggle to Survive."

"She never proselytized, or pushed her religion," said her sister-in-law, Sonja Kim of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. "She brought out the best in people."

Born in Akron, Ohio, and reared in Manhasset, N.Y., Miss Meister was a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She also had three master's degrees -- one in social work from Washington University, a second in liberal arts from the Johns Hopkins University, and another in theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University.

"She didn't have to talk about her faith because she lived it," said Maureen Jais-Mick, development director at N Street Village.

A Lutheran memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church, Martin Road and Shaker Drive, Columbia.

She is survived by her mother, Dorothy Meister of Columbia; a foster brother, Yungil Kim of Poughkeepsie; and a daughter, Blanche Meister of Columbia.

Dorothy McDorman Maslin, 88, nursing home worker

Dorothy McDorman Maslin, a former Betterton resident and nursing home employee, died in her sleep Sunday at a nursing home in Asheville, N.C. She was 88.

Mrs. Maslin, who moved to Asheville in 1995 from Betterton, had been assistant to the secretary of Magnolia Hall Nursing Home in Chestertown at its founding in 1970.

The former Dorothy McDorman, who was born in Baltimore, graduated from Friends School in 1926 and earned a bachelor's degree in fashion design from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1930.

A mezzo-soprano, she studied voice with Edmund Ender and Eugene Martinet, who assigned her to supporting roles in the early days of the Baltimore Opera Company. She also appeared in productions of the Paint and Powder Club and The Vagabonds.

In the 1950s, she moved to Betterton into a house built on the foundations of "Fishall," a home constructed in 1698 by her ancestors and the Tockwogh Indians.

She was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church IU Parish in Worton, Kent County, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.

She is survived by her brother, R. Donald McDorman of Chestertown; a sister, Esther McDorman Stone of Asheville; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth J. Fox, 59, pilot, Naval Reserve officer

Kenneth J. Fox, a retired airline pilot and Naval Reserve officer, died Sunday of cancer at Genesis Eldercare-Spa Creek Center. He was 59 and had lived in Annapolis since 1983.

Mr. Fox, who served in the Navy in the 1960s, flew for Pan American Airlines from 1967 to 1986. In the Naval Reserve, he flew F-8 Crusaders and F-4 Phantoms and commanded a unit in Dallas, where he was a test pilot for Vaught Corp. from 1977-1979.

Born in Evanston, Ill. he joined the Naval Preflight School in Pensacola in 1961 and earned a bachelor of science degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1991.

He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, the Society of Air Safety Investigators, the Airline Pilots Association and the Association of Naval Aviators.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. today at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

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