Anne McElderry Jacobs, 45, employee of The Arc

July 25, 2002

Anne McElderry Jacobs, who worked with The Arc of Baltimore, formerly the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens, died of liver failure yesterday at Cromwell Center-Genesis ElderCare in Towson. She was 45.

Miss Jacobs was born in Washington. Because she suffered from hydrocephalus, she lived for more than 15 years at Rosewood State Hospital, now Rosewood Center, in Owings Mills.

Since 1980, Miss Jacobs had lived in group homes managed by The Arc of Baltimore. At her death, she was living in a group residence in Timonium.

She was employed at the Homeland Center in Govans, the agency's supported employment day program.

"She loved attending BARC's Club Venture at Camp Louise in Cascade," said her identical twin, Sally H. Jacobs of Boston, a reporter for The Boston Globe. "She loved arts and crafts and making jewelry. She had a huge personality, and red was her favorite color. She wore red jewelry, red shoes and a red coat. To her, red was everything."

"As soon as Anne put her feet on the ground at camp, she'd ask, `Is my name on the list to come back next year?'" said Joseph Anastasio, Arc's director of residential services. "She was full of joy and brought that wherever she went."

Her father, Bradford M. Jacobs, who died in 1997, had been editorial page editor for The Evening Sun.

Miss Jacobs was a communicant of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Northwood, where plans for a Mass of Christian burial were incomplete yesterday.

Other survivors include her mother, Molly Bruce Jacobs of Stevenson; another sister, Molly Bruce Jacobs of Santa Fe, N.M.; and two nephews.

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