Maravene Mae Hamburger, 92

Hopkins research aide

April 14, 2007

Maravene Mae Hamburger, a retired Johns Hopkins University research assistant, died of heart disease April 5 at her Lutherville home. She was 92.

Born Maravene Mae Deveney in York, Pa., she earned a chemistry degree from Goucher College in 1934. When she found no jobs available during the Depression, she enrolled at the Hopkins School of Nursing and received her degree in 1937. She became a visiting nurse and later returned to Hopkins and worked with newborn babies.

She became a Hopkins chemistry department research assistant and later worked at McCormick & Co, and Becton, Dickinson labs.

She also did fundraising for the League of Women Voters, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Hopkins Nursing School, where she received a Heritage Award in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at noon today at the Brightwood retirement community, 100 Brightwood Club Drive, Lutherville.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Fields of Boyds and Judy Goldthorp of Euless, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband of 46 years, Frederic "Fritz" Hamburger, died in 1986.

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