Virginia Lane Magladery, a retired social worker, died Thursday after a stroke at the Broadmead Retirement Community. She was 81.
She was the eastern district director of the Family and Children's Society from 1960 until she retired in 1980. She also was a field work instructor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Swaran Dhawan, director of admissions and social work at Taylor Health Systems and a friend, said, "She was a wonderful social worker. Social work is a profession that is both an art and a science, and she most certainly personified that.
"She was really very, very caring about people and helping them solve their problems. She helped them face reality and at the same [time] tried to ensure their independence. She had a unique gift of being able to relate to people who were under stress and was able to reach out to them and help them explore their options."
Born in Calvert County, Mrs. Magladery grew up in Valley Lee in St. Mary's County, where her father was a farmer and businessman. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1933 from Hood College and began her career as a social worker in Frederick and Cambridge.
She worked at what is now the Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, and in Greenwich, Conn., before earning a master's degree in social work in 1946 from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1948, she married Dr. John W. Magladery, a neurologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They lived in Towson until his death in 1977. She lived on St. Paul Street for several years before moving to the Cockeysville retirement community in 1988.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.
She is survived by a son, John Magladery of Brinklow; a daughter, Sarah Magladery Lamont of Toronto; a sister, Mary Blair Patterson of Denver; and a granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Magladery Scholarship Fund, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Room 1W15, 525 W. Redwood St., Baltimore 21201. Arthur M. Porohnavi Sr., a distributor for The Baltimore Sun, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Erdman Avenue home. He was 56.
He began working for the newspaper company in the late 1960s and left in 1985 to become an instructor for the Easy Method Driving School. He returned to The Baltimore Sun in 1990 and was a district manager in South Baltimore when he died.
He lived his entire life in the house where he was born. He graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1956 then joined the Maryland Air National Guard. He was discharged in 1960.
He enjoyed restoring vintage automobiles and was particularly proud of his restoration of a 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood that once belonged to the Hecht department store family.
He was a member of the Eutaw Methodist Church and the National Rifle Association.
Both of his marriages ended in divorce.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Robert C. Altenburg Funeral Home, 6009 Harford Road, Baltimore.
Mr. Porohnavi is survived by two sons, Arthur M. Porohnavi Jr. and Michael J. Porohnavi, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Doris Marie Porohnavi Reich of White Marsh; a brother, Robert Porohnavi of Linthicum; two sisters, Doris Zimmerman of Baltimore and Marie Smith of Paradise, Calif.; his mother, Helen R. Porohnavi of Baltimore; and a cousin, Ellen R. Sauerbrey, the Republican nominee for governor.