Blum, Eva

October 03, 2008

EVA GINSBERG BROWN BLUM, 92, died on September 27, after a brief illness. Beloved mother of David Brown, MD, and Judith Brown Long, mother-in-law of Thomas Long, and grandmother of Matthew Brown and Coby Brown, she will be deeply missed. Eva grew up in Baltimore, MD, the youngest of seven children. She married Leon Brown in 1938, and they enjoyed their family and community in Baltimore, where Eva was active volunteering with the True Sisters service club in its programs for aphasic and deaf children. When Lee died in 1958, Eva went to work at Sinai Hospital where she provided comfort and support to terminally ill patients and their families. She was married to Judge Albert Blum in 1964, and they enjoyed many happy years together, including much world travel as well as many happy summers on an island in Maine, until Al's death in 1992. Eva earned her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins in the mid-1970's and was deeply committed to her work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she created and started programs that are still instrumental in the care and support of developmentally disabled children and their families. She also developed programs to provide socialization skills for borderline retarded adults. Eva's lifelong love of the arts included listening to opera, practicing ballet and piano in her earlier years, and sculpting in clay and stone. With great personal warmth and a curious intelligence, Eva remained a passionate advocate for improved conditions for those in need. Always deeply loving of friends and family, Eva will be missed by all who knew her. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

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