Bertha C. Flom, social worker

April 10, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Bertha C. Flom, a retired social worker, died of Alzheimer's disease April 3 at Arden Court Assisted Living in Pikesville. The Park Heights resident was 96.

Born Bertha Crane in Baltimore and raised on Chelsea Terrace, she was a 1929 Forest Park High School graduate. She earned a degree at what is now Towson University and later earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

As a young woman, she worked in a Charles Street real estate law office established by her brothers, Leon and Charles Crane.

In 1938, she married Dr. Charles Flom, a dermatologist who worked in syphilis treatment at Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Flom died in 1976.

She worked at Jewish Family and Children's Services until the early 1970s.

"My Aunt Bertha defied convention and defined her own inimitable brand of femininity in the 1940s and 1950s," said her niece, Faith Fina of Carmel, N.Y. "She found personal fulfillment through her patronage of the arts - she loved theater and museum - international travel and her financial and real estate investments."

Services were held Sunday.

In addition to her niece and a nephew, survivors include a sister, Jeanette Shapiro of Baltimore.

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