Hedy Ewing, 87, secretary of Hopkins women's board

Hedy O. Ewing, a retired secretary who had worked for the Women's Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital, died of complications from surgery Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 87 and lived at Mays Chapel Ridge, a senior and assisted-living facility in Timonium.

Born Hedy Opitz in Baltimore and raised on Wolfe Street, she was a 1932 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a certificate in fashion design from Maryland Institute of Art in 1937.


She began her secretarial career at Steiner-Liberty Corp. in downtown Baltimore. During the late 1930s, she was secretary to Isaiah Bowman, president of the Johns Hopkins University. During World War II, she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers.

While attending a dance at Aberdeen Proving Ground, she met Alvin Ewing, an Army officer. They were married in 1944. Her husband, who became a mechanical engineer for Comsat Corp., died in 1993.


After raising a family, Mrs. Ewing returned to secretarial work in the 1960s, working part-time for Walker-Wilson Travel and later at the law firm Niles, Barton & Wilmer. For 10 years, until retiring in 1990, she was a part-time secretary for the Women's Board of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mrs. Ewing enjoyed sewing and growing azaleas at her Stoneleigh home, where she lived until moving to Mays Chapel Ridge in 2001.

She was a member of First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include a son, Frank O. Ewing of Baltimore; two daughters, Elaine Ewing Born of Lutherville and Barbara A. Ewing of Ruxton; and two grandchildren.