Julia May Hanks, 93, Hopkins Women's Club officer

January 04, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Julia May Hanks, who served as president of the Johns Hopkins Women's Club and Rosewood Center Auxiliary, died Wednesday of heart failure at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla. She was 93 and lived in the Wyman Park neighborhood.

At the time of her death, she was a board member of the Damien-Dutton Society, a New York foundation that supports leprosy research and patient care throughout the world.

Born in Springboro, Pa., the former Julia King was a 1926 graduate of Edinboro State College. She taught at one-room schools in rural Pennsylvania, riding on horseback to teach and warming her classrooms with wood stoves.

In 1930, she married Dr. John Harold Hanks, who went on to become an internationally recognized expert in the care of leprosy. He died in 1990.

The couple moved in 1939 to the Philippine Islands, where he ran a research unit in a hospital for leprosy patients. They were prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation of the islands.

In 1945, they moved to Baltimore and remained briefly before moving to Boston. They returned in 1959 when his Leonard Wood Memorial Laboratories moved to the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

She joined Rosewood Center Auxiliary in Owings Mills in 1960, volunteering in its canteen and later becoming president of the auxiliary, a post she held for three years.

In 1991, she was president of the Johns Hopkins Women's Club and taught gourmet cooking at the International YWCA at Patterson Park. In 1996-1997, she was corresponding secretary of the Rosewood auxiliary. She was also chairwoman of the June Day Committee.

For many years, she was a member of the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries and was on its board of directors at the time of her death.

She was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1997.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 23 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Park and Lafayette avenues, where she was a member.

She is survived by two sons, John K. Hanks of Hudson, N.H., and James P. Hanks of Mashpee, Mass.; two daughters, Juliette M. Hanks and Janet S. Morehouse, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Lilian K. Hanks of Orwell, Ohio, and Evelyn H. Kerns of Springboro, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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