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Alice Akehurst, nurse

Alice Josephine Akehurst, a retired nurse and teacher who was an administrator at the old Lutheran Hospital, died of dementia complications Aug. 26 at her Severna Park home. She was 91 and had lived previously in Cockeysville and in Ednor Gardens.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly, she was a 1938 Eastern High School graduate. She graduated from the old West Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse after passing the Maryland board examination in 1943. She completed postgraduate work at the Children's Hospital in Washington D.C. in 1944.

Miss Akehurst joined the staff of the old Lutheran Hospital in West Baltimore and became a teacher and its director of nursing.

"She was an excellent teacher," said a former student, Sylvia P. Lackey of Staunton, Va.

Miss Akehurst later earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master of science in nursing administration from the University of Maryland. She then joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Nursing and taught until retiring in 1982.

"She gave her whole life to helping people," said her niece, Susan Shaak, with whom she lived for the past nine years.

Miss Akehurst was interested in nursing history and donated materials to a museum at the University of Maryland.

She enjoyed reading, walking, crochet handwork and sewing. She also gardened.

She was a member of Cockeyville's Epworth United Methodist Church and volunteered at its Lucky Penny Thrift Store.

Services will be at noon Sept. 10 at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

Survivors include a sister, Louise F. Jenkins of York, Pa., and other nieces and nephews.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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