Barbara C. Latrobe, Hospital Employee

July 13, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Barbara C. Latrobe, who had worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for two decades and was a longtime volunteer, died Wednesday from complications of Alzheimer's disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 82.

Barbara Caffee, the daughter of a businessman and homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Edgevale Road in Roland Park.

She was a 1944 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1949.

Mrs. Latrobe was employed briefly at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, before going to work in the late 1950s at the Johns Hopkins Moore Clinic.

Mrs. Latrobe worked for 20 years with Dr. Victor A. McKusick, who was called the "father of medical genetics," compiling genealogical charts on little people and those afflicted with Marfan's syndrome.

She retired in the late 1970s.

Mrs. Latrobe, who lived on Edgevale Road until moving last year to Arden Court, an Alzheimer facility in Riderwood, had been a longtime Red Cross blood donor and volunteer at the Keswick Multi-Care Center and Union Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Latrobe was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing tennis. She also was a gourmet cook and enjoyed entertaining.

Mrs. Latrobe had been an active member and a deacon for many years at University Baptist Church on North Charles Street, where she volunteered, helped prepare and serve monthly dinners, and delivered flowers to the elderly and shut-ins after Sunday services.

Services were held at her church Friday.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Charles H. "Sandy" Latrobe III, a retired Koppers Co. foundry superintendent, of Roland Park; a stepson, Charles H. Latrobe IV of Monkton; a stepdaughter, Caroline Ellicott Latrobe Prout of Monkton; a brother, George Caffee III of Baltimore; three step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild. An earlier marriage to George Mitchell ended in divorce.

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