Flora M. Rees

Flora M. Rees

Flora M. Rees, former administrative assistant to the dean of what was then the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, died Sept. 25 of heart failure at Atrium Village in Owings Mills. She was 89.

The daughter of a barber who owned Miller's Beauty Parlor and a homemaker, Flora Miller was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park.

A graduate of Forest Park High School, Mrs. Rees worked for the U.S. Post Office during World War II. In 1944, she married Harold B. Rees, an executive for Commercial Credit Corp., which later became Control Data Corp.

During the 1950s, Mrs. Rees was a teacher and later principal of the old Greenwood Nursery School on Ruscombe Lane in Northwest Baltimore.

Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing until her retirement nearly 25 years later, Mrs. Rees was an administrative assistant to the dean of the Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, which is now the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In the late 1980s, Mrs. Rees and her husband, longtime Pikesville residents, moved to Boca Raton, Fla., where she lived until 2011, when she returned to live at Atrium Village.

Mrs. Rees was an avid flower gardener and arranger. She and her husband, who died in 1993, had been world travelers and enjoyed collecting art and objets d'art.

She also liked to take courses and attend lectures and the theater.

Mrs. Rees was an active congregant of Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 20.

Mrs. Rees is survived by a son, Clifford M. Rees of Santa Fe, N.M.; a daughter, Natalie H. Rees of Stevenson; a sister, Janet Miller Sachs-Toomer of Boca Raton; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com