Elizabeth Paynter, 91, Hopkins president aide

November 19, 2005

Elizabeth B. Paynter, who had been the secretary to the president of the Johns Hopkins University and was later a Rouse Co. manager, died of complications from pneumonia Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. A former resident of the Keswick area of North Baltimore, she was 91.

Born Elizabeth Beidler and raised in Oakville, Pa., she moved to Baltimore after attending business school. She worked in the manager's office of the Lord Baltimore Hotel before becoming secretary to George Boas, a Hopkins philosophy professor.

Mrs. Paynter was later secretary to Milton S. Eisenhower, the university's president from 1956 to 1967.

She retired as the director of employee benefits for the Rouse Co. in Columbia but continued to do part-time work at Hopkins.

Her husband of 33 years, Henry Stuart Paynter, a medical equipment salesman, died in 1975.

Services were held Thursday in Newville, Pa.

Survivors include two sons, S. Reed Paynter of Edenton, N.C., and James C. Paynter of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren.

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