Hannah Neilson, 74, hospital patient advocate

March 21, 2004

Hannah Neilson, a homemaker and hospital volunteer, died of cancer March 12 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. The Phoenix resident was 74.

Born Hannah Shipley in Baltimore and raised in Newton, Mass., she was a 1947 graduate of Eastern High School.

She became a part-time medical secretary for her uncle, Dr. George Bowers Mansdorfer, a pediatrician whose office was in the 2900 block of N. Charles St.

A member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, she formerly belonged to the Lutherville Garden Club.

She was a volunteer patient advocate at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for more than a decade. She interviewed patients about their experiences at the hospital and discussed her findings with hospital staff.

A memorial service was held yesterday at St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson, where her mother, Regina Hook Shipley, headed the music department.

Survivors include a son, Robert Reid Neilson Jr. of Baldwin; a daughter, Amy Clapp of Middletown; and three grandchildren. Her husband of 51 years, Robert Reid Neilson, a founding partner of the Kayne-Levin-Neilson-Bavar commercial real estate firm, died in 2001.

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