Jan Chapin, a social worker who enjoyed the arts and sports, died March 14 from metastatic melanoma at her Cockeysville home. She was 65.
The daughter of a career Army officer and a homemaker, the former Elizabeth Jan Iaderosa, who was known as Jan, was born in Bradford, Pa.
She was raised in Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Kansas, Maryland and Hawaii, where she graduated in 1965 from Bradford High School.
Mrs. Chapin earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 from Villa Maria College, which is now Gannon University College, in Erie, Pa.
In 1975, she earned a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning.
From 1969 to 1970, Mrs. Chapin was an outreach worker with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and Parks Street Club Service of Baltimore.
Mrs. Chapin was a social worker from 1970 to 1972 with city public schools and was a social worker with the Sinai Hospital Home Care Hospice program from 1975 to 1978 and again from 1980 to 1985.
She was a renal social worker with the Independent Dialysis Foundation in Baltimore from 1987 to 1995.
Mrs. Chapin joined DaVita Inc., a national company that provides dialysis, in 1995. There, she provided counseling services to patients and organized and ran successful support groups.
In 1996, she started working at DaVita's Greenspring facility, and in 2000, Mrs. Chapin added the company's Harford Road dialysis center to her responsibilities.
She also worked during this time at the independently owned Bertha Sirk Dialysis facility in the 5800 block of York Road.
Mrs. Chapin was awarded the National Council of Nephrology Workers Merit Award in 1993. Her professional memberships included the Maryland Council of Nephrology Social Workers. She was a past board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, where she also volunteered.
The former Mount Vernon, Charles Village and Roland Park resident had lived on Boxer Hill Road in Cockeysville since 1993.
She was a 20-year breast cancer survivor, family members said.
For 17 years, Mrs. Chapin had been a Ravens season ticket holder. She also enjoyed attending Center Stage and Everyman Theatre performances. She had been a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season ticket holder for nearly 40 years.
Mrs. Chapin liked visiting museums and was especially fond of the works of the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. She was an avid reader and was a member of "Mom's Group," a monthly book club.
She was a former communicant of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in Charles Village.
Mrs. Chapin was an active member of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. April 6.
Surviving are her husband of 37 years, David W. Chapin, an official with the Maryland Transportation Authority; a son, Daniel B. Chapin of Washington; a daughter, Sara R. Chapin of Baltimore; two brothers, John F. Iaderosa of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Paul M. Iaderosa of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun