Nancy Erwin, worked in Carter administration

November 14, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

A memorial service for Nancy Erwin, a former Maryland Department of Labor official who had worked in consumer affairs in the Jimmy Carter administration, will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where she was a member.

The Tuscany-Canterbury resident died Nov. 2 of complications from cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 62.

Born Nancy Smick in Cleveland, she earned an English literature degree at Purdue University and a master's degree in consumer economics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In the 1970s, she was an assistant to Esther Peterson, who headed consumer affairs for Giant Foods. She then joined Mrs. Peterson on the White House staff.

A lifelong Democrat, she had also worked in the campaigns of former Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, beginning in 1976. She worked in Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's 1992 campaign as a scheduler and administrative assistant to the campaign manager.

Mrs. Erwin was an aide to Del. Maggie L. McIntosh during the 1996 General Assembly session.

At her death, she worked at the Maryland Environmental Service in Millersville. She had earlier been with the American Civil Liberties Union and had been a senior adviser in the Maryland Department of Labor's Licensing and Regulation Division.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, H. Robert Erwin Jr.; two sons, Benson Erwin of Baltimore and Carter Erwin of Philadelphia; two daughters, Meghan Roach of Baltimore and Catherine Erwin of Baltimore; a brother, Charles Smick of Cleveland; and a granddaughter.

Jacques Kelly

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