Arlene E. Baybutt

Age 86 Nurse was active in Republican groups, Eastern Shore life.

July 19, 2008|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun reporter

Arlene E. Baybutt, a registered nurse who was active in Republican politics, died of a cerebral hemorrhage July 12 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The longtime Easton resident was 86.

Arlene Evans was born and raised in Utica, N.Y. After graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1939, she earned a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University Hospital School of Nursing in 1943.

She worked as a private duty nurse in Rochester, N.Y., until 1943, when she married Dr. John E. Baybutt Sr., a pediatrician.

After the end of World War II, the couple lived in Baltimore until 1948 when they moved to Easton, where Dr. Baybutt established the pediatrics department at Easton Memorial Hospital.

In the late 1940s and into the early 1950s, Mrs. Baybutt was a clinical nursing instructor at the Easton hospital.

After her husband's death in 1977, she worked as a psychiatric nurse at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge until retiring in 1983.

From 1983 until 1988, she was an executive assistant to Elizabeth Dole, who was then the U.S. secretary of transportation.

During the 1980s, she helped establish Home Call, a nursing service in Talbot County, and served as director of economic development for the county.

She had been president of the Delmarva Economic Developers Association and was co-editor of Untrodden Paths, a tourist guide for the Upper Eastern Shore.

Mrs. Baybutt had also founded the Four County Medical Auxiliary in 1960, which included Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne's and Kent counties.

Mrs. Baybutt, who had worked in many campaigns, had been president of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women and served on the Republican State Central Committee.

She was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in Easton, where funeral services were held yesterday.

Surviving are two sons, John E. Baybutt Jr. of Lincoln, Del., and Dr. Richard C. Baybutt of North Aurora, Ill.; two daughters, Betsy B. Jallade and Lori B. Hutchison, both of Easton; a sister, Loreene DeSilva of Cazenovia, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren.

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