Robert K. Woodyard, 82, laboratory administrator

July 25, 2005

Robert K. Woodyard, a former assistant laboratory administrator at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Friday of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's disease at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 82.

An Ellicott City resident since 1957, he moved to Charlestown in 2001.

He spent his 38-year career at Johns Hopkins Hospital, retiring in 1983 as the assistant administrator of the clinical laboratories in pathology.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and entered the Army in 1943. He served in the South Pacific and received the Bronze Star.

He returned from the military to study at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.

He then worked in oxygen therapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he met Margaret L. Menges, a registered nurse. The two married in 1952. She died in 1994.

At his Ellicott City home, he enjoyed gardening and maintained a large rose garden.

"He could make anything grow - roses, gladiolas, everything," said his son Mark K. Woodyard of Baltimore.

He also enjoyed dancing and dining out with his wife.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Harry H. Witzke Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

In addition to his son, he is survived by another son, Brian H. Woodyard of Glen Burnie; and two grandchildren.

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