Louise Ward Hoskins, 96, longtime hospital volunteer


Louise Ward Hoskins, a volunteer at the Union Memorial Hospital gift shop for more than three decades, died from complications of a stroke Thursday at Church Home. She was 96.

Born Louise Dietz in Youngstown, Ohio, to German immigrants, she was educated in public schools there and spent her young adulthood helping her father in the building of the Youngstown Hotel.

She moved to Baltimore in 1925 with her husband, the late Thomas J. Ward, who served as a regional terminals superintendent for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The Wards had two children, former Baltimore Councilman and retired Circuit Judge Thomas Ward and Jane Ward Murray, a ballerina, dance teacher and dance critic. Her stepson, Paul Ward, won a Pulitzer Prize at The Sun in 1948 for foreign coverage.

After her husband's death in 1945, she was a bank teller at the old Union Trust Co. In 1949, she married Francis G. Hoskins, general manager of the B&O; Railroad's eastern division.

Mrs. Hoskins volunteered at Union Memorial for 31 years. She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where she enjoyed golf; the Three Arts Club; the Woman's Club of Roland Park; and the Mount Royal Democratic Club.

Of Mrs. Hoskins' political involvement, her son Tom said, "On Election Day, she'd stand out [near the polling booths] handing out cards [and] supporting candidates."

For 51 years, she belonged to the Second Presbyterian Church in the 4200 block of St. Paul St.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

Other survivors include five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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