Laura Baldwin, 96, hospital volunteer

December 30, 2003

Laura Baldwin, a hospital volunteer and an Annapolis resident, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Ginger Cove Retirement Community in Annapolis. She was 96.

Born Laura Hanson in Wilmington, Del., she moved to Baltimore as a girl to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother died. She attended Greenwood School and Notre Dame Academy, graduating in 1925 from Hannah More Academy in Reisterstown.

She married John A. Baldwin in 1932 and lived in Baltimore for many years, volunteering for Church Home and Hospital and the Women's Hospital. Mr. Baldwin died in 1950. Mrs. Baldwin later served on the boards of the Church Home and Hannah More Academy.

Mrs. Baldwin loved traveling and visited every continent except Antarctica, spending her 85th birthday in Lhasa, Tibet.

Services will be private.

She is survived by two sons, retired Vice Adm. John A. Baldwin Jr. of Annapolis and Murray Hanson Baldwin of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Ginger Cove Foundation, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis 21401; or Nantucket Land Council, 6 Ash Lane, Box 502, Nantucket, Mass., 02554.

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