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Esther Jacoby, nurse and teacher


Esther Jacoby, a retired nurse and teacher who was affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly four decades, died there Friday after heart surgery. The Roland Park Place resident was 87.

Miss Jacoby retired in 1970 as assistant director of nursing in the hospital's outpatient department, ending a career that began in 1930.

Virginia MacMillan of Roland Park Place, a former student, described Miss Jacoby as "very friendly, strict and an excellent teacher." They served together overseas as members of Hopkins' 118th General Hospital during World War II.

Born and raised in Fineville, N.J., Miss Jacoby was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School. In 1927, she transferred to Hopkins' nursing school from Goucher College, graduated in 1930 and joined the hospital staff.

In addition to her nursing duties, she taught obstetric and gynecological nursing until 1942 when she was commissioned a second lieutenant and joined the 118th General Hospital. She was the unit's assistant chief nurse, serving in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and elsewhere.

"The 118th was overseas until 1945, and we treated some 41,000 casualties," Mrs. MacMillan said.

Miss Jacoby was discharged with the rank of major in 1945 and returned to Hopkins Hospital, working there until 1952. That year, she was hired by birth control pioneer Dr. Alan Guttmacher as director of the delivery floor at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

She returned to Hopkins in 1955, working until she retired.

Miss Jacoby was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

She is survived by a brother, Raymond Jacoby of Holly Hill, Fla.; four nephews, James P. Kressler of Yardley, Pa.; Walter I. Jacoby of Ormond Beach, Fla., Roger Jacoby of Dubois, Pa., and Raymond Jacoby of Leed Point, N.J.; and two nieces, Joyce Bergan of Hopewell, N.J., and Sarah Jacoby of South Hero, Vt.

Memorial donations may be made to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Room 233, 1830 E. Monument St., Baltimore 21205.

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