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Harriet Griggs Guild


Dr. Harriet Griggs Guild, a leading authority on children's kidney disease and founder of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, died last Friday of heart and pulmonary failure. She was 92.

At the time of her death, she was living with a nephew, Dana B. Danielson, at Tracys Landing in Anne Arundel County.

Private services were being held at her birthplace in Windham, Conn. A memorial service in Baltimore will be scheduled later.

As a medical researcher, professor and physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 37 years, she played a major role in saving the lives of children suffering from kidney disease.

She graduated from Vassar College in 1920. She moved to Baltimore to study medicine at Hopkins. After completing internships in general practice and pediatrics, she became a resident at the hospital in 1928.

In 1955, she founded the Maryland Nephrosis Kidney Foundation, later renamed the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, to raise money for research.

Dr. Guild retired from Hopkins in 1965 and opened a private pediatrics practice across the street from the hospital. She continued practicing medicine for two decades until a knee operation forced her into final retirement.

In addition to Dana Danielson, her survivors include another nephew, John Danielson of Princeton, N.J.; two nieces, Harriet Cone of Johnson City, Tenn., and Barbara Gilbert of Savannah, Ga.; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Harriet Guild Wishing Well Fund at the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 2526 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, or to scholarship funds at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine or to Vassar College.

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