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Joanne M. Calder Health counselor


Graveside services for former Baltimore resident Joanne Mitchell Calder, a mental health counselor and investigator, were held Aug. 23 in Denton.

Mrs. Calder died of congestive heart failure Aug. 17 at her home in Boynton Beach, Fla. She was 57.

She worked as a hematology laboratory technician at Johns Hopkins Hospital and at University Hospital from about 1957 to 1962, when she left Baltimore for a counseling job at the New Orleans Mental Health Center in Louisiana.

She moved in the early 1970s to a counseling job at the Greater Lawrence Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Mass. She then served as executive director of the Andover Red Cross in Andover, Mass., in 1974 and 1975. She left that position to became patient service coordinator for the Merrimac Valley Chapter of the National Foundation, March of Dimes.

From 1977 to 1980, she worked as vocational disability examiner for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Then she followed that with investigative work for the New Hampshire Division of Welfare and for Boston's municipal drug treatment program.

Mrs. Calder moved to Florida in 1985 to take a series of jobs in private firms investigating child abuse and welfare cases for the state.

Mrs. Calder graduated from the University of Maryland in 1965, then attended Tulane University in New Orleans. She received a master's degree in rehabilitation administration in 1974 from Northeastern University in Boston.

She was born in 1933 in Easton, the daughter of James Walter Mitchell and Grace Wright Mitchell.

She is survived by one son, Robert Mitchell Calder of Londonderry, N.H.; one daughter, Anne Calder Barrett of Pelham, N.H.; and one brother, James Wright Mitchell of Key Largo, Fla.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the McDonogh School Scholarship Fund, McDonogh School, McDonogh, Md. 21117-0380.

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