Kenneth J. Aiden, 63, social worker, woodworker

August 10, 2006

Kenneth J. Aiden, a retired social worker who enjoyed woodworking, died of cancer Aug. 3 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was 63.

Mr. Aiden, who was blind since birth, was born and raised in New Haven, Conn. He came to Baltimore in 1965 when he took a position as a program analyst with Volunteers in Service to America -- VISTA -- and traveled the nation monitoring federal welfare programs.

He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Maryland in 1971 and became a social worker in 1973 for the state's Department of Human Resources.

"He established and supervised the food co-op and day care center at the Lafayette-Douglass [public housing] projects as well as KIDS, a kidney dialysis program for children at the University of Maryland Medical Center," said his wife of 32 years, the former Edna Kane, a retired parochial school educator.

After retiring in 1985, Mr. Aiden earned his real estate license and worked for the next decade in real estate sales for Schmidbauer Realty.

An accomplished woodworker, Mr. Aiden enjoyed building furniture. He also enjoyed dining in Baltimore restaurants and traveling.

Also surviving are a son, Howard J. Kane of Baltimore; a daughter, Vanessa Mackall of Baltimore; his mother, Sary Aiden of Hamden, Conn.; a sister, Dede Lebov of Orange, Conn.; and three grandchildren. Another son, Kenneth P. Aiden, died in 2000.

Services were Sunday.

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