Shirley A. Mark, a retired psychologist and educator, died May 28 of Parkinson's disease at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson.
The former longtime Mount Washington resident was 83.
The former Shirley Alpern was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where she graduated from Allderdice High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 from the University of Pittsburgh.
She later earned a master's degree and certificate in clinical psychology from City College of New York in 1949.
That year, she married her husband, Dr. Henry Mark, a psychologist. The couple worked for 45 years together as a team of psychologists at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Mrs. Mark also served as an instructor in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School for nearly 45 years.
She became director of the neuropsychology department at Kennedy-Krieger Institute, and during her tenure, the neuropsychology service began caring for children from infancy through young adulthood, using professional expertise to understand the relationship between the child's neurological condition and the child's development and functioning.
There was also an emphasis on providing recommendations to families, schools and other professionals to help each child maximize their potential, family members said.
She enjoyed cooking and entertaining at her Roxbury Place home in Mount Washington, where she lived until moving to Edenwald several years ago.
A private memorial service will be held.
In addition to her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Mark is survived by a son, Steven Mark of Golden, Colo.; four daughters, Karen Garrett of New Market, Lisa Watts of Ellicott City, Janni Jacobs of Braintree, Vt., and Barbara Bernier of Pikesville; a brother, Jerry Alpern of Aspen, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.