Suzanne D. McShane, GBMC volunteer

December 24, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Suzanne D. McShane, a former educator, volunteer and longtime hospital board member, died Dec. 15 of pulmonary fibrosis at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 78.

Suzanne Deeds was born and raised in Hartford, Conn., and Farmington, Conn. She was a 1949 graduate of the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and earned an associate's degree in childhood education from the old Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, N.Y.

After college, she owned and operated a small nursery school in Farmington before her marriage in 1953 to John L. McShane, a Baltimore architect.

The couple moved to a farm in Upperco, where they raised their three children as well as "horses, cats and dogs," wrote Mrs. McShane in an autobiographical sketch.

After her children were older, Mrs. McShane began volunteering at Johns Hopkins Hospital and later began a 30-year career as a volunteer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mrs. McShane began volunteering in radiological oncology and later moved over to the nursery, where at her death she had volunteered for 26 years.

Since 1977, Mrs. McShane has been a trustee at GBMC and was a former alumnae trustee of Bennett Junior College, which was later absorbed by Pace University.

An avid vegetable gardener, Mrs. McShane was able to keep family and friends supplied with summer produce from her garden. She also liked hiking, sailing, tennis and cycling. She also was a downhill and cross-country skier.

She was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Center Harbor Yacht Club in Brooklin, Maine.

Mrs. McShane was a longtime communicant and former vestry member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon. She also ushered and was a member of the Altar Guild.

A memorial service was held Friday at her church.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. McShane is survived by a son, J. Lockwood McShane of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Kathleen Emge of Millers and Lee Cox of Steamboat Springs; a brother, Edward Andrew Deeds II of Charlotte, Vt.; a sister, Barbara D. Schaus of Vero Beach, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

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