Robert W. Eastridge, 57, state health official

August 31, 2004

Robert W. Eastridge, a retired deputy state health secretary, died Thursday of undetermined causes at his Timonium home. He was 57.

Born in Danville, Va., and raised in Middlesex in Baltimore County, he was a 1965 graduate of Kenwood High School and played varsity soccer and basketball there. He earned a psychology degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and held a master's degree in public health.

He served in the Air Force as a medic before being hired by the state government in 1972 as a staff trainer and coordinator of paramedic training programs.

A year later, he became a personnel services administrator for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and later was manager of its classification and compensation division. He retired in 1997 as Maryland's deputy health secretary for operations, overseeing budgets, public relations, lobbying and building operations.

Mr. Eastridge enjoyed outdoor sports and competed in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. He also played golf and racquetball.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 tonight at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3605 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, where Mr. Eastridge was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Linda Ficken; two sons, Jeff Eastridge of Abingdon and Rick Eastridge of Columbia; two daughters, Aubrey Zinn of Abingdon and Keri Eastridge of Columbia; a brother, Don Eastridge of Columbia; a sister, Vickie Bocchieri of Ellicott City; and a granddaughter. His 1969 marriage to June Janeski ended in divorce.

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