Stefanie Bergey

Stefanie Bergey (BALTIMORE SUN / November 14, 2011)

Stefanie F. Bergey, a child psychologist, died Nov. 9 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at her Homeland residence.

She was 62.

Stefanie Friday Antonakos was born in Athens, and when she was a young child, she immigrated with her family to Morristown, N.J.

After graduating from Morristown High School in 1967, she earned a degree in child psychology from Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

While at Douglass, Dr. Bergey met and fell in love with her husband, Dr. Gregory K. Bergey, who was then a student at Princeton University. They married in 1971.

Dr. Bergey earned her Ph.D. in psychology in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an internship at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, Conn.

After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Philadelphia Child Guidance Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she joined the department of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an adjunct professor, where she also directed the pediatric psychology training program.

For more than 20 years until retiring at the end of last year, Dr. Bergey was in private practice with the Maryland Pediatric Group in Lutherville, where she worked as a child psychologist as well as focusing on psychological testing of children.

"She was devoted to her practice and patients," said her husband, who is a professor of neurology and department of neurology director at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Epilepsy Center.

"Regardless of the child's problems, Stefanie always focused on strengths and used these strengths to craft a plan and advocate for her patients," said Dr. Bergey.

Dr. Bergey enjoyed traveling and running. She was a Ravens fan and season ticket holder.

Services were Monday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Parkville.

Also surviving are a son, Alexander Bergey of Washington; and a daughter, Alyssa Bergey of Baltimore.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com