Elizabeth M. Haines

Hospital volunteer

May 12, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Elizabeth M. Haines, a homemaker and longtime hospital volunteer, died Saturday of multiple organ failure at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 91.

Elizabeth Lamb Mattison, the daughter of a newspaper reporter and a pianist, was born in Seattle and raised in Rutland, Vt.

She was a 1936 graduate of Bennington High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 in business from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y.

After graduation, Mrs. Haine worked as a secretary at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later at Harvard College, where she was secretary to the director of the Fogg Art Museum.

After her marriage in 1944 to C. Gordon Haines, a naval officer, she moved to California, where she was a secretary at the University of California at Berkeley.

After Mr. Haines completed law school at Harvard after World War II, the couple moved to Baltimore in 1950 when he took a job at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

In the early 1960s, Mrs. Haines established an after-school French-language program at Rodgers Forge Elementary School. She also held several positions with Inner Wheel, the auxiliary program of the Rotary Club of Baltimore.

During her 30 years of volunteering at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, Mrs. Haines accumulated more than 3,000 volunteer hours, family members said.

A descendant of Mayflower passenger John Alden, Mrs. Haines was a member of the Daughters of the British Empire.

The former Yorkleigh Road resident, who moved to Mercy Ridge retirement community in Lutherville in 2000, had lived at the Presbyterian Home since last year.

She was an avid classical music fan and was a supporter of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Private services will be held in Rutland.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Haines' survivors include two daughters, Joanna H. "Joey" Wallenstein of Montvale, N.J., and Cynthia B. Stone of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.

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