Dr. Martha Leffler Lincoln, an ophthalmologist and former president of the Howard County Medical Society, died Saturday of ovarian cancer at her Key West, Fla., home. She was 56.
As the co-medical director of Columbia Medical Plan in the early 1990s, she supervised the patient care of one of the state's largest health maintenance organi- zations.
"Patients loved her, and so did her staff," said Dr. Haddox Sothoron, a friend and orthopedic surgeon based in Howard County. "She ran a well-organized and effective department. She was efficient but never at the expense of medical competence or of patients feeling rushed."
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., the former Martha Bradford came from a family of doctors, including her father, the late Dr. John Bradford of Scarsdale, N.Y., and her four siblings. She attended Vassar and Upsala colleges before she transferred to the Johns Hopkins University, where she entered a program to receive bachelor's and medical degrees. She graduated in 1966.
While in school, she published several papers with Dr. Gunter von Noorden, a Hopkins Wilmer Institute ophthalmologist. In 1970, she was named chief resident in ophthalmology at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Lincoln began private practice in Ellicott City in 1971. She also taught ophthalmology at UM and Hopkins.
She joined Patuxent Medical Group, associated with Columbia Medical Plan, as chief of ophthalmology in 1973 and later served as the plan's co-medical director.
She also served on the board of the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Blindness. She became president of the Howard County Medical Society in 1979.
Dr. Lincoln moved to Florida in 1995 and founded Care Management Resident Resources, a firm that manages health care for Blue Cross plans.
In her spare time, she enjoyed entertaining friends with her cooking.
She had a trained soprano voice and was often called upon to sing at weddings.
She also took walking tours of the British Isles and France.
She was married to Dr. Allan T. Leffler from 1964 to 1976. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1977, she wed John T. Lincoln, an attorney and a certified public accountant, who survives her and lives in Key West.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Glen Mar Methodist Church in Ellicott City.
She also is survived by three sons, Christopher Leffler of Boston, John Lincoln of Alexandria, Va., and Bradley Lincoln of Tempe, Ariz.; two daughters, Katherine Brown of Silver Spring and Margaret Leffler of Columbia; her mother, Evelyn Cerutti of Lima, Ohio; two brothers, Dr. George Bradford of Philadelphia and Dr. Bradley Bradford of Pittsburgh; a sister, Dr. Laura Waldron of Lima, Ohio, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dr. Elizabeth Bradford.