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Jean R. Worthley, host of popular MPT nature show in the 1970s

Jean R. Worthley, host of popular MPT nature show in the 1970s

Jean R. Worthley, a Maryland naturalist who with her orange-winged Amazon parrot Aurora hosted Maryland Public Television's popular children's show "Hodgepodge Lodge" during the 1970s, died April 9 in her sleep at her Finksburg home.

She was 92.

"Miss Jean's series was instrumental in bringing the wonders of nature to children who didn't usually have the opportunity to explore it," according to a statement announcing Mrs. Worthley's death from MPT President and CEO Larry D. Unge. "It is said she taught with a gentle outlook and inquisitive spirit."

"Jean had an unqualified love of the outdoors, and she had an absolutely encyclopedic...

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