Patricia Ann Baugher, 58, job counselor with Division of Rehabilitation Services

July 12, 1999|By Kristine Henry | Kristine Henry,SUN STAFF

Patricia Ann Baugher, a retired rehabilitation counselor and a cooking enthusiast, died of cancer Saturday at her Westminster home. She was 58.

For 33 years, she worked for the state's Division of Rehabilitation Services helping disabled people find jobs that matched their skills or finding ways to help them overcome their disabilities on the job. She retired in 1996 from the agency's Westminster office.

The former Patricia Wolfe was born and raised in Hagerstown, graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1958. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at Bridgewater College in Virginia and a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation from Virginia Commonwealth University.

"It was very satisfying what she was doing for people," said her husband of 26 years, Thomas L. Baugher. "She enjoyed her work very much."

So much so, that she turned down several opportunities for promotions so she could continue to work one-on-one with clients.

"She liked what she was doing and felt that it was the guts of the business and that everything else was going to meetings," said John Dudderar, who with his wife, Mary, was a friend and co-worker of Mrs. Baugher's for more than 25 years. "I'm sure she would have been excellent [as an administrator]. She was a very personable individual -- very well-read and very well-thought-of in the community."

A member of Westminster Church of the Brethren for more than 25 years, Mrs. Baugher loved to cook and entertain. Until recently, she held an annual Fourth of July party, bringing together her eclectic group of friends.

"She would make sesame-seed crackers, of all things. You wouldn't think crackers would be a big item but they were just won- derful," Mr. Dudderar said. "She used to take almonds and toast them with olive oil and garlic powder and it was hard to not just sit down and eat a bowlful. You really had to restrain yourself at her parties."

Having studied art in college, Mrs. Baugher also took photographs and had them enlarged and framed.

She also collected and framed New Yorker magazine covers, Mr. Dudderar said -- until 1993, when editor Tina Brown took over and made the publication more provocative. "She thought they were really good artwork," he said.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Baugher is survived by two brothers, Richard L. Wolfe of Arlington, Va., and Robert A. Wolfe of Harrisonburg, Va.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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