Leonard E. Albert, 78, Md. budget department supervisor

March 17, 2006

Leonard E. Albert, retired supervising budget manager for the Maryland Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning, died of lymphoma March 10 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Pikesville resident was 78.

Mr. Albert was born in Baltimore and raised on Park Heights Avenue. He graduated from City College in 1943 and served in the Navy as a pharmacist's mate from 1945 to 1946.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1948 and an accounting certificate from the Baltimore College of Commerce in 1962.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary for Leonard E. Albert in yesterday's editions incorrectly stated his position with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was acting deputy secretary of the agency from 1975 to 1976, and was deputy secretary from 1976 to 1980.
The Sun regrets the error.

He earned a master's degree in government administration from George Washington University in 1972. From 1948 to 1958, he worked for Davidson's Transfer, a Baltimore trucking company.

In 1958, he joined the state Department of Mental Hygiene, Division of Reimbursements, and later was supervisor of collections. He was business manger at Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital for five years until being appointed assistant superintendent of Springfield State Hospital in 1965.

In 1969, he joined the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He was director of administration until 1974.

Mr. Albert was executive director from 1974 to 1975 of the Maryland Comprehensive Health Planning Agency and was acting deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1975 to 1980. For the last 12 years of his career until retiring in 1992, he was with the state Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning.

He enjoyed sailing aboard the Yen-Tzing, a cabin cruiser, and was a former officer of the Maryland Yacht Club. He was an avid fan of crossword puzzles and an American history buff.

Services were Sunday. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Irma Grebow; a son, Steven G. Albert of Owings Mills; two daughters, Eileen A. Geiger of South Nyack, N.Y., and Wendy L. Meliker of Ellicott City; and six grandchildren.

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