Agness Fulton Bond, who had been the school nurse at Bryn Mawr School for nearly three decades, died Saturday of complications from Addison's disease at her Roland Park Place home. She was 83.
Agness Cator Fulton was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. She was a 1941 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned her nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1946.
Mrs. Bond began her nursing career at the old Hospital for Women of Maryland and later joined the staff at Union Memorial Hospital.
A registered nurse, she worked at the Byrn Mawr School from 1962 until she retired in 1989. For a number of years, she was director of the Gordon Hill Day Camp, a summer camp that was held on the campus of the North Baltimore private girls' school.
"She was a very well-liked and important person on campus. She was a friend to all, and we relied on Agness," said Frances H. Mueller, a retired Bryn Mawr English teacher.
"Everyone looked up to her because she took care of us and was a very thoughtful and compassionate person. I can't imagine a more fitting profession for her than nursing," Mrs. Mueller said.
Mrs. Bond had been an active board member of the Roland Park Country School Alumnae Association and had been a member for many years of the advisory board of Kaleidoscope, the school's adult education program.
"She was a loyal and beloved alumna. She had served on the alumni board from 1990 to 1996, and was presented the McCauley Bowl for devoted service to the school in 2001," said Jean Waller Brune, head of school.
"She had a most wonderful smile and was a terrific example of a person who gave back in service to their school. We're going to miss her," Ms. Brune said.
Mrs. Bond was an active communicant at St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where she had served on the vestry and was a member of the Women of St. David's. She also volunteered at Keswick Multi-Care Center and at the Nearly New Shop.
Mrs. Bond was an animal lover who enjoyed caring for stray dogs and cats. "Many of those strays were left on the porch of her Roland Park home or outside her office at Bryn Mawr, and the high point came one time when she had eight dogs and 15 cats," said a daughter, M. Elizabeth "Betsy" Cockey of Timonium.
"She was a great gal and so hardworking and involved in the community. She always wanted to contribute and do her part. She wanted to make things better for other people," said Nancy Taylor Robson, a cousin.
"She never gave up or lost her spirit because of her illness. She just kept on trucking and remained upbeat," she said.
Mrs. Bond was an avid Orioles fan and duckpin bowler.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at her church, 4700 Roland Ave.
Also surviving are her husband of 59 years, John Meredith Bond, a retired Peterson, Powell & Heather Corp. industrial editor; two sons, William W. Bond of Baltimore and Richard F. Bond of Grasonville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Meredith Kane, died in 2006.