Juliana Schamp, Health Agency Evaluator

August 06, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Juliana Schamp, who had evaluated mental health treatment facilities for the state, died in her sleep Monday at the Edenwald retirement community. The former Ten Hills resident was 86.

Born Juliana Reese in Massillon, Ohio, she earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University of Ohio, where she met her future husband, Homer W. Schamp Jr., a physicist. She earned a master's degree from Ohio State University.

They married in 1948 and lived in the Netherlands from 1952 until 1954, when her husband became director of the Institute of Molecular Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In 1960, she became a researcher for the National Institute of Mental Health's Mental Health Study Center in Adelphi and conducted a study on runaway children.

She and her husband moved when he became vice chancellor and dean of faculty at the newly formed University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She joined the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and worked as a planner and evaluator. She visited community mental health programs and helped to write standards and regulations.

"She was formidable, feared and respected because she did her work so well," said a former co-worker, Leonard Simmons of Baltimore.

In retirement, she established the International Student Friendship program for foreign graduate students at UMBC and worked with the League of Women Voters.

Family members said she was an accomplished cook and baker and enjoyed reading and travel.

Plans for a September memorial at UMBC are incomplete.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, survivors include two sons, J. Brough Schamp and Dr. David Schamp, both of Baltimore; and three grandsons.

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