Dianna E. Farrell, 56, self-insurance director

March 11, 2003

Dianna E. Farrell, former director of self-insurance for the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission, died of cancer Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. She was 56 and lived in Rosedale.

Ms. Farrell was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended secretarial school after graduating from high school.

Her work as a legal secretary and her activities in the Democratic Party in the 1960s brought her to the attention of Paul O'Dwyer, president of the New York City Council, who appointed her to his staff.

Several years later, she worked in Albany, N.Y., as personal secretary to Gov. Hugh L. Carey for three years. He appointed her in 1977 as secretary to the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, where she was responsible for monitoring 3,500 New York self-insured employers. She retired in 1996.

She moved that year to Baltimore and took a position with Gulf Computers. In 1997, she was hired by the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission as director of self-insurance. She retired in June because of illness.

Ms. Farrell was also president and founder of Farrell Convention Services, and as a part-time meeting planner, she organized meetings and conventions for the New York State Workers' Compensation Board and the Maryland Workers' Compensation Educational Association.

She was a past president of the Eastern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators.

She was a cat fancier.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

Ms. Farrell's survivors include her mother, Helen Farrell of Baltimore; and two brothers, George J. Farrell of Rochester, N.Y., and Dennis Farrell of Westchester County, N.Y.

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