Elizabeth Rodgers Baird, 84, social worker


Elizabeth Rodgers Baird, 84, a longtime social worker, died Thursday at her home in the Bare Hills community near Lake Roland.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road.

A native of Baltimore, Mrs. Baird 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, Mrs. Baird 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 disadvantaged. She also served on the state board of examiners for nursing homes.

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

Survivors include 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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