Paula L. Platt, 54, mental health worker

December 03, 2005

Paula L. Platt, a former program director and mental health worker, died of cancer Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Roland Park resident was 54.

Born Paula Lee Platt in Baltimore, she was raised in Cedarcroft and Roland Park. She was a 1969 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Vassar College in 1973.

After earning a master's degree in art history from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, Ms. Platt worked as a placement director at the Maryland Institute College of Art for several years.

Ms. Platt returned to college and earned a master's degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in the early 1980s.

She was program director for Dulaney Station, a subsidiary of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, where she worked with mentally ill patients. The program was later merged into Transitions.

Ms. Platt, who stopped working in 2004 because of failing health, had also been a part-time therapist at Chase Brexton Clinic in Mount Vernon.

"She had been a longtime advocate for adults who suffered from mental illness," said her mother, Florence W. Platt of Roland Park.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed art and poetry.

Ms. Platt was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Guardian Angel in Remington, where a private service will be held.

Also surviving are her daughter, Gillespie F. Stedding of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, Robert L. Platt of Deer Isle, Maine; and a sister, Susan P. Barber of Rose Haven. Her marriages to Bradley Stedding and Peter Axilrod ended in divorce.

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