Frances E. Rohrbaugh, 80, laboratory administrator...

July 24, 2000

Frances E. Rohrbaugh, 80, laboratory administrator

Frances E. Rohrbaugh, a longtime medical technologist and laboratory administrator, died Tuesday of heart and kidney failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 80.

Born in Galena, Kan., Ms. Rohrbaugh graduated as valedictorian of Galena High School in 1937 and then attended Kansas State Teachers College, intending to go to medical school.

Although she was accepted at several medical schools, Ms. Rohrbaugh suspended her dream of becoming a doctor for financial reasons. She trained in medical technology and worked at hospitals in Port Huron, Mich., Knoxville, Tenn., and Oak Ridge, Tenn., from 1942 to 1949.

In 1950, a pathologist in Baltimore persuaded her to work at Maryland General Hospital, where she became administrator of the hospital's clinical laboratory.

She was president of the Maryland Society for Medical Technology and a member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She was inducted into the profession's honor society, Alpha Mu Tau.

After retiring in 1986, Ms. Rohrbaugh traveled to Alaska and read history and literature.

She is survived by a sister, Helen Rohrbaugh of Homosassa, Fla.

Services were held Saturday.

Jackie Robertson, 45, Baltimore Zoo attendant

Jackie Robertson, an attendant at the Baltimore Zoo's reptile house, died July 14 at the University of Maryland Medical Center after a short illness. He was 45.

A native Baltimorean, Mr. Robertson was one of eight children in an East Baltimore family. He served in the Army, then worked as a part-time landscaper until 1996, when he joined the zoo staff. He lived near the zoo and was an active employee until his death.

He enjoyed playing cards, as well as board and video games.

A memorial service was held for Mr. Robertson at the zoo. He is survived by four sisters, Theresa Lovings, Karen Robertson, Catherine Garner and Angela Y. White, all of Baltimore; and by four grandchildren.

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