Nancy DeWolf West Production editor


Services for Nancy DeWolf West, a former production editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Bolton Hill's Memorial Episcopal Church, where she was an active member.

Mrs. West, 46, died Wednesday at her home in Original Northwood from a heart attack that was a complication of multiple sclerosis.

The disease forced her retirement in June 1988, after five years with the university publishing house.

Born and reared in Rolfe, Iowa, the former Nancy DeWolf received a bachelor's degree in government and education from the University of Iowa and a master's in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.

That year, she married Benjamin H. West III, General Electric Co. contract sales manager for Maryland. The couple settled in Upper Marlboro, later lived in Hagerstown, and moved to Baltimore in 1983.

She worked from 1969 to 1973 for the federal Office of Education in Washington as a manager of the National Defense Student Loan program and later held a series of copy-writing and proofreading positions for publishing houses, including Harper and Row.

Mrs. West was a devotee of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and local theater performances.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Elizabeth Rupp of Granville, Ohio; her mother, Blanche DeWolf of Rolfe, Iowa; a brother, Jack DeWolf of Rolfe; and a sister, Linda Ferguson of Havelock, Iowa.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Samaritan Center of Memorial Episcopal Church.

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