Betty Jarratt, a former psychiatric liaison at Johns Hopkins Hospital who had lived at the Hopkins House apartments in Homewood, died Thursday of respiratory failure at The Cedars, a Portland, Maine, retirement community.
She was 94.
The daughter of Joseph Targett, a salesman, and Elizabeth Targett, Betty Targett was born and raised in Springfield, Mass., where she graduated in 1941 from West Springfield High School.
Ms. Jarratt earned a bachelor’s degree in 1945 in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a member of the Mortar Board honor society and Alpha Gamma sorority, and was the first female editor of the college yearbook.
After leaving college, she became a field director for the Girl Scouts and director of its first inter-racial day camp in Indianapolis.
She then moved to Boston, where she was briefly an assistant to Arthur Crew Inman, the eccentric poet who was the author of a 17-million-word diary.
While working as a psychiatric aide at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., Ms. Jarratt became familiar with patients who had been lobotomized and given electric shock treatments, which disturbed her deeply, family members said.
After marrying lyric tenor Howard Jarratt in 1947, the couple moved to New York when she was named administrative director of the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary.
In 1962, he was named chair of the opera department at Southern Methodist University, and the couple settled in Dallas. She earned a master’s degree from SMU and collaborated on a project that gathered psychological profiles of such prominent figures as President Richard M. Nixon.
After Ms. Jarratt was divorced in 1966, she moved to Baltimore when she was selected by Hopkins Hospital to work with Dr. Joel Elkes, a noted expert on brain chemistry and early psychiatric drugs.
For the next 20 years, she was a psychiatric liaison at Hopkins and during this time established a crisis intervention program at Sinai Hospital while maintaining a private practice.
In 2006, she was presented the Chairman Elkes Award for Innovation in Mental Health Services by Hopkins’ department of psychiatry.
In 1966, she married Glenn Burris, a professional tenor and veteran of Broadway musicals, and the couple spent time between Baltimore and a waterfront home they owned in Brunswick, Maine, until moving there permanently in the 1990s.
In the mid-1990s, Ms. Jarratt created an innovative home treatment program for the Maine Medical Center, and spent many years with its consultation and liaison service. She retired in 2008.
Her husband died in 2007.
There are no services.
She is survived by two daughters, Kristin Jarratt of Amelia, Italy, and Heidi Rampazzi of Rome; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.