Lois Leonard Chodoff, doctor, health official

Dr. Lois Leonard Chodoff, a physician who supervised nursing homes for the Maryland health department, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Towson.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Chodoff, who was 60, was medical director of the Office of Licensing and Certification Programs in the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The office licenses and inspects health care facilities, including nursing homes.


Carol Benner, director of the office, described her colleague as "truly an advocate of those without an advocate, the frail and elderly. She made a difference in the lives of nursing home residents and was responsible for the high level of care they receive."

Dr. Chodoff, who used her maiden name, Lois Leonard, professionally, was a native of Chester, Pa., and a 1951 graduate of Chester High School.


In 1955, she graduated from Ursinus College, where she majored in chemistry, and in 1959 from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.

After an internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital, she earned a master of public health degree at the University of Michigan. Then after serving as a research associate at the Yale University medical school, she returned to Michigan to study at its Institute of Gerontology.

Dr. Chodoff also took courses at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland medical schools.

She was an assistant health officer in Atlantic County, N.J., before she came to this area in 1970 as director of the Geriatric Evaluation Service of the Baltimore County Health Department for five years.

During this period, she was a consultant to the geriatrics program at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and to Franklin Square Hospital, where she helped to set up a geriatric evaluation clinic.

She had also been assistant director of the Baltimore County Bureau of Patient Care before joining the state health department in 1975 as consultant to the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, a post she held for four years.

Dr. Chodoff was a member of the State Advisory Board on Hospital Licensing from 1981 until 1988 and served on committees of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

She received citations for her work from Gov. William Donald Schaefer and from officials of the health department.


Her husband, Dr. Peter Chodoff, is assistant dean of Jefferson Medical College and vice president for academic affairs of the Medical Center of Delaware in Newark.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10:45 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Carole J. Chodoff of Towson; a son, Louis L. Chodoff of Cherry Hill, N.J.; her father, Harry C. Leonard of Chester; a brother, Harry C. Leonard of Pleasanton, Calif.; and two grandchildren.