Elizabeth R. Baird, social worker and nursing expert, dies at age 84


Services for Elizabeth Rodgers Baird, a long-time social worker, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Govans Presbyterian Church, in the 5800 block of York Road.

Mrs. Baird, who was 84, died Thursday at her home in the Bare Hills community near Lake Roland.

A native of Baltimore, she was a 1928 graduate of Goucher College and took up further studies at the University of Chicago's School of Social Work.

She returned to Baltimore in 1932 and began working for the city's old public welfare office. She went on to work in the outpatient department at Sinai Hospital from 1962 to 1970 and for the Baltimore Visiting Nurses Association from 1974 until 1978.

During her career, she served as a board member for the Visiting Nurses Association and the Maryland Conference of Social Concern, a non-profit organization that advocates justice for the disenfranchised. She also served on the state board of examiners for nursing homes.

Mrs. Baird, an avid gardener, had lived in Bare Hills for 37 years.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, William Falconer Baird Jr.; a son, W. Rogers Baird of Asheville, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations could be made to the Maryland Conference of Social Concern.

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