Eleanor K. Trowbridge, who was active in the health care field and had served on numerous boards, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at her Washington home. The former Baltimore resident was 73.
Born Eleanor Kann in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Sol and Eleanor May Kann. Her father was president of the family-owned S. Kann Sons Co., a Washington department store.
Mrs. Trowbridge was raised at Slade and Park Heights avenues and graduated from Friends School in 1951. She attended Vassar College and George Washington University.
She was married in 1953 to Charles G. Hutzler III, chairman of the old Hutzler's department store. He died in 1977.
For many years, she worked in the development office at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was a development consultant for the Children's Defense Fund and Population Action International.
In 1995, she and her second husband, Alexander B. "Sandy" Trowbridge, endowed the Kann Trowbridge Fund to provide a fellowship for a student studying in the department of population, family and reproductive health at what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In 2003, she received the university's Heritage Award for her outstanding service.
Most recently, Mrs. Trowbridge chaired the School of Public Health's Council on Population and Family Growth. Since 2005, she had served on the board of the Johns Hopkins University's Phoebe Berman Bioethics Institute.
At her death, she was a member of the board of the National Archives in Washington.
She was a former chairwoman of the board of the Maryland Institute College of Art and the women's board of the Baltimore Museum of Art. She also had served on the boards of Noxell Corp., the Bank of Baltimore and Hutzler's.
During the Clinton administration, she volunteered in the social secretary's office in the White House.
She lived for many years in the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County before moving to Washington in 1982.
Mr. Trowbridge, who served as secretary of commerce in the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, died last year; the couple had been married 25 years.
Mrs. Trowbridge, an avid art collector, enjoyed traveling.
Services are private.
Surviving are a son, Charles G. Hutzler IV of Beijing; a daughter, Barbara Verdaguer of Fouesnant, France; two stepsons, Corrin S. Trowbridge of Redwood City, Calif., and Stephen C. Trowbridge of Dallas; a stepdaughter, Kimberly Parent of Greenwich, Conn.; two sisters, Barbara K. Halle of Baltimore and Diana K. Feldman of New York City; and nine grandchildren. Another daughter, Sheila Hutzler Rives, died in 1988.