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Dr. A. I. MendeloffDoctor, professorDr. Albert I....


Dr. A. I. Mendeloff

Doctor, professor

Dr. Albert I. Mendeloff, retired chief of medicine at Sinai Hospital and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, died Monday of leukemia at Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Mendeloff, 75, came to Baltimore in 1955 to become the first full-time chief of medicine at Sinai, a post that carried with it an appointment to the faculty at Hopkins.

At Hopkins, he started the Division of Gastroenterology and served from 1957 until 1970 as its co-director. He remained a professor at the medical school and a senior associate in epidemiology at the School of Hygiene and Public Health after his retirement in 1980 as chief of medicine at Sinai.

After his retirement at Sinai, he headed its Department of Research Medicine for three years and for a decade edited the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In his retirement, he also served as a consultant to the Loch Raven Veterans Hospital and headed a study project on digestive diseases for the National Institutes of Health, one of several posts he held with that organization over the years. In addition to his work on the journal, he held editorial posts at several other professional journals and wrote on the epidemiology of digestive diseases and nutritional problems. He also had served as president of the American Association for Clinical Research and of the American Gastroenterological Association.

The Charleston, W.Va., native was a graduate of Princeton University and earned his medical degree and a master's degree in public health at Harvard University. He did his internship and residency and other postdoctoral studies at hospitals in Boston.

During World War II, he served as a consultant on nutrition to the surgeon general of the Army. As a member of the U.S. Public Health Service, he joined United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency missions to Egypt and what was then Palestine, and headed the nutrition section of its mission to Greece.

Before coming to Baltimore, he was an associate professor of medicine and preventive medicine at Washington University and a gastroenterologist at Barnes Hospital, both in St. Louis.

He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and several medical honorary and professional groups.

He served for the past 12 years as president of the Shriver Hall Concert Series at the Johns Hopkins University.

Services were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Natalie Lavenstein; two sons, Henry Mendeloff of Baltimore and John Mendeloff of Albany, N.Y.; a daughter, Katherine Mendeloff of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Shriver Hall Concert Series or to the Albert I. Mendeloff Memorial Fund for Gastrointestinal Research at Sinai Hospital. Alice L. Healey, a retired church organist and music teacher who had also worked for a publishing company and the Social Security Administration, died Monday at St. Agnes Hospital of complications of diabetes.

She was 78 and lived on Frederick Avenue in Baltimore.

She retired in 1988 as organist and choirmaster at St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church, where she had worked for two years. She had played at the church's 100th anniversary celebration in 1987.

Other Baltimore Catholic churches where Miss Healey served in her career of about 60 years as a church organist included St. Benedict's, of which she was a member, Our Lady of Pompeii, St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus. She had also been the organist at Memorial Methodist Church.

In the 1960s, she worked as an administrative assistant at Helicon Press, which had just been founded. From 1974 until 1979, she was a clerical worker at SSA. For many years, Miss Healey also operated the Brady-Healey Music Studio, giving music lessons at her home.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Oblates of St. Benedict.

After her retirement from SSA, she took courses in music and art at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. A Mass of the Resurrection was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Benedict's Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave.

Miss Healey is survived by two sisters, Florence Healey of Baltimore and Marion Crowe of Ellicott City; three nephews; two nieces; and 10 great-nephews and great-nieces. William E. Di Nisio, a retired mechanical contractor, died Friday of emphysema at his home in Timonium. He was 66.

Last year, he made a six-minute anti-smoking film for the American Lung Association that was broadcast on local television stations, and is being considered for national use.

He retired in 1985 after selling R. Maurice Cairnes Inc., the contracting firm he had bought in 1963.

Before going into business for himself, he had worked as a plumber for several contractors.

Born in Baltimore and educated at St. Andrew's parochial school in East Baltimore, Mr. Di Nisio served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.

A former president of the Associated Plumbing Contractors of Maryland and a former commander of the Govans Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was also a member of the Parkville Post of the American Legion.

His first wife, the former Myrtle C. Gordon, died in 1976. In 1983, he married the former Tessie Hundertmark, who survives.

Mr. Di Nisio's survivors also include two daughters, Kathy J. Schwender of Cockeysville and Nancy H. Habicht of Westminster; a son, William E. Di Nisio Jr. of Westminster; a stepson, Steven E. Eliason of Perry Hall; a stepdaughter, Susan L. Wise of Perry Hall; and 11 grandchildren.

Services were to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

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