John G. Brennan, 73, clinical psychologist

October 11, 2003

John G. Brennan, a retired clinical psychologist who taught at what was then Towson State College, died of complications of diabetes Oct. 4 at his Pikesville home. He was 73.

Mr. Brennan was born and reared near Wellington, New Zealand. He earned his bachelor's degree in educational psychology in 1964 from Victoria University of Wellington. He earned an honors bachelor's degree from the same university the next year.

He earned a master's degree in the discipline from Victoria University of Wellington in 1971 and his doctorate in psychology in 1981 from Clayton University in Missouri.

Mr. Brennan, who came to Baltimore in 1967, worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sheppard Pratt, and was a member of the faculty at Towson State College from the 1970s until the early 1980s.

He later maintained a private practice until retiring in 1989.

An accomplished artist, he was interested in portraiture and preferred working in charcoal and pencil. He was also an avid woodworker and gardener and enjoyed reading.

In 1951, Mr. Brennan married Margaret Lancaster, also a New Zealand native. He also worked with his wife, who was a partner in Dorothea's Breads, a Canton bakery. She died last year.

A memorial service was held Tuesday.

Mr. Brennan is survived by three daughters, Patricia M. Brennan of Waterville, Maine; Vicki D. Briggs of Hanover, Pa.; and Michelle "Shelly" Brennan of Pikesville, who operates the bakery; and five grandchildren.

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