Linda M. Arenth, vice president for nursing and patient services at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Sunday of cancer at the hospital. She was 59 and lived on Park Avenue.
A memorial service for Mrs. Arenth will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Episcopal Church, Bolton Street and West Lafayette Avenue.
A vice president of the hospital since 1987, she became the first nursing director of the hospital's Oncology Center in 1973.
Dr. Robert M. Heyssel, president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, called her "a joy to work with, a person of enormous energy, enthusiasm, good humor and good sense."
Her interest in oncology was sparked by her study for her master's degree of young people with Hodgkin's disease and their reaction to difficult therapy.
Mrs. Arenth developed a widely used system for classifying cancers and their treatments.
She is survived by two sons, Craig Arenth of Albuquerque, N.M., and Sean Arenth of Frostburg; two sisters, Janet Morgan of Hastings, N.Y., and Maureen Morgan of Ossining, N.Y.; two brothers, Peter Magnusson of Spokane, Wash., and Dennis Magnusson of Boston; four nieces; and three nephews.