Ruth D. Baird, a retired educator and counselor, died of a stroke Aug. 16 at her Rodgers Forge home.
She was 77.
Ruth Dudley Dentinger, the daughter of a comptroller and a homemaker, was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., where she graduated in 1951 from Sacred Heart Academy.
After earning a degree in education in 1955 from the University of Louisville, she married David W. Baird III, a chemical engineer, the next year.
The couple lived in Louisville until 1966, when they moved to Tustin, Calif., until returning to Louisville two years later. They lived for two years in Columbus, Ohio, until moving to Homeland in 1975.
Her husband died in 2000.
She earned a master's degree in education and counseling in 1983 from Loyola College, and was a licensed state guidance counselor.
An early childhood education specialist, from 1976 to 1980 Mrs. Baird established innovative preschool programs at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church Weekday School and Garrison Forest School, where she was on the faculty from 1980 to 1984.
She was interim child life director at Mount Washington Pediatric School for a year when she established Emotional Support Systems, a counseling service, in 1985.
She was head of lower school admissions at Park School from 1985 to 1989 and also had been on the parochial school board of the Cathedral School.
A certified bereavement counselor, Mrs. Baird worked from 1997 to 2007 in the chaplain's office of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she was also a Eucharistic minister
She also served as a facilitator in an oncology support program at GBMC, and was a facilitator for the Caregivers Support Group at the Women's Resource Center.
The longtime Purlington Way resident moved to Parliament Court in 2005. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Woodland Garden Club. She was also a member of the L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton.
She enjoyed spending summers at a second home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where she was a longtime communicant.
Surviving are three sons, David W. Baird IV of Homeland, John D. Baird of Elmhurst, Ill., and William B. Baird of Alexandria, Va.; and two daughters, Sarah B. Arthur of Towson and Ellen B. Elam of Delray Beach, Fla.; a brother, Lee Allen Dentinger of Louisville; and 14 grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun