Janet W. Flagle, 78, headed volunteers

June 03, 2006

Janet W. Flagle, a homemaker and volunteer, died of breast cancer Monday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 78.

She was born Janet Waters in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. She was a 1945 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned a degree in English literature from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., in 1949.

Mrs. Flagle, who lived for 35 years on Circle Road in Ruxton before moving to the retirement community five years ago, was director of volunteer services at Union Memorial Hospital from 1958 to 1965.

"She was the first director of volunteer services at Union Memorial and she did an excellent, excellent job of drawing a variety of persons to help at the hospital," said June E. Finney, a longtime friend who lives in Towson.

She was a former member of the board of the Baltimore Museum of Art's American Wing and had been a trustee of Roland Park Country School. She was also an active member of the Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister Cities Committee.

Mrs. Flagle, who was an avid gardener and enjoyed caring for gardens at Blakehurst and at a second home on Gibson Island, was a member of the Garden Workshop. She also enjoyed golfing. She was a member of the 10 E. Hamilton Street Club.

Mrs. Flagle was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday.

Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Dr. Charles D. Flagle, retired professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; a daughter, Elizabeth D. Stephens of Scarsdale, N.Y.; two stepsons, C. Lawrence Flagle and Douglas Flagle, both of Towson; a stepdaughter, Judith E. Anderson of Chimicum, Wash.; a sister, Elizabeth S. Roughen of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren. She had earlier been married for seven years to John H. Dryden, a Baltimore attorney, who died in 1957.

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