Katherine H. Sharp dies

Volunteer

July 03, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Katherine H. Sharp, a former psychiatric nurse and volunteer, died June 20 from complications of an intestinal disorder at Roland Park Place. She was 99.

Katherine Hodges was born in Oklahoma City, and raised in Brunswick, Ga., where she graduated from high school.

She was a 1935 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. While working as a psychiatric nurse at Hopkins Hospital, she met and fell in love with Dr. Lewis Inman Sharp, a psychiatrist.

During World War II, Mrs. Sharp volunteered at the Cornell Medical Center in New York City, and at the Light House School for the Blind.

After World War II, the couple moved to Pleasantville, N.Y., where they raised their six children.

Mrs. Sharp moved to Bolton Hill after her husband's death in 1978. Until turning 90, she was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

After moving to Roland Park Place in 2001, she continued volunteering with various knitting projects for the needy.

She was a supporter of and enjoyed attending the old Baltimore Opera Co., Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage, Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art.

She enjoyed gardening and reading and was a member of the Women's Hamilton Street Club and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Mrs. Sharp had been an active member of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 15 at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Surviving are four sons, Lewis I. Sharp of Denver, John I. Sharp of Burlington, Vt., Richard I. Sharp of Thornwood, N.Y., and Michael I. Sharp of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two daughters, Joan S. Feldman of Baltimore and Susan S. Miville of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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