Dr. Josette W. Bianchine

Age 79 : Johns Hopkins pediatrician

June 19, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Dr. Josette W. Bianchine, a retired Johns Hopkins pediatrician who worked in genetics, died of congestive heart failure June 6 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was 79.

Born Josette Woel in Gonaive, Haiti, she studied at l'Ecole LaLue and came to the United States on a scholarship to the University of Illinois at Urbana, where she earned a biology degree. She was a 1958 graduate of State University of New York Upstate Medical University at Syracuse.

She did an internship and residency in pediatrics and then served as chief resident at the Harriet Lane program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

She and her husband of 50 years, Dr. Joseph R. Bianchine, a Hopkins internist, were on the hospital's staff for many years. She retired about 25 years ago and was the author of numerous scientific articles about dwarfism and inherited birth defects.

A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, she enjoyed classical music, gardening, and watching sporting events.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Dr. Peter J. Bianchine of Potomac; a daughter, Christine R. Bianchine of McLean, Va.; three sisters, Chantal Woel, Viviane Mathelier and Catherine Woel, all of Chicago; and two grandsons.

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