Arlene W. Isaacs, 85, dietitian and church organist

December 23, 2005

Arlene W. Isaacs, a former hospital dietitian and church organist, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Manor Care Ruxton. The Salisbury resident was 85.

Born Arlene Wolfgang in Struthers, Ohio, she earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and received a dietary training diploma from Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As a Hopkins dietitian, she worked with Dr. John Eager Howard on an early study of the effects of cholesterol in diet. She was later a dietitian at the Villa Maria children's residential home in Timonium.

She was a member of the American Dietitians Association

Her husband of 62 years, Dr. James Pershing Isaacs, a surgeon who helped establish the Hopkins emergency pediatrics department, died last year.

Mrs. Isaacs, who lived in Towson and Cockeysville for many years, resided in Salisbury for the last quarter century. She was a volunteer at Joseph House there and played the organ for services at the Pine Bluff Retirement Community in Fruitland and at Old Trinity Episcopal Church in Church Creek, where she was a communicant.

A memorial service was held Wednesday in Salisbury.

Survivors include four sons, Dr. James W. Isaacs of Salisbury, Dr. John T. Isaacs of Phoenix, Md., Dr. Robert D. Isaacs of Monkton, and Dr. William B. Isaacs of Butler; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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