Dr. Mary Alice Monk Klarman, a retired Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health epidemiologist, died of lung disease Friday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Roland Park Place resident was 81.
Born Mary Alice Monk in Racine, Wis., she majored in music at Oberlin College and played the violin. She received a master's degree and doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Monk, who used her maiden name professionally, held posts at the University of Buffalo and at Tulane University before coming to Baltimore in 1960 and joining the Hopkins faculty. Dr. Abraham Lilienfeld, a physician who worked in chronic diseases, hired her to work in an interdisciplinary program he had established. She did research on suicide and hypertension, among other topics.
"She was one of the first social scientists in the school of public health," said Dr. Margaret Bright, a faculty colleague. "She was always interested in mental health issues."
Dr. Monk became deputy chairwoman of the Department of Epidemiology before retiring in the late 1980s. She was later awarded the title of professor emerita.
"She had an upbeat and positive demeanor," said Dr. Leon Gordis, a Hopkins professor of epidemiology and former department chairman. "She had terrific integrity and combined skills as an administrator with caring very much about people."
A lifelong music lover, she was also among the first subscribers to the Shriver Hall Concert Series.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Johnson of Severna Park; two stepsons, Seth Klarman of Brookline, Mass., and Michael Klarman of Charlottesville, Va.; and six step-grandchildren. Herbert E. Klarman, her husband of more than 30 years and a Johns Hopkins University health economist, died in 1999.