Julee H. Kryder-Coe, assistant dean for professional education at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, died of uterine cancer Dec. 31 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Windsor Hills resident was 55.
Born Julee H. Kryder in Buffalo and raised in Hamburg, N.Y., she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1970, and a master's in social work in 1979 from the University of Maryland school.
She began her career in the 1970s in Buffalo, and completed a field internship in 1979 with the National Mental Health Association in Rosslyn, Va., where she helped institute a housing program giving the mentally disabled access to community-based housing.
She was associate director of government relations from 1979 to 1985 for Independent Sector, a Washington-based organization representing nonprofit groups.
In 1987, she was named coordinator of special programs at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, where she was responsible for the International Fellowship in Philanthropy and Hopkins Policy Leadership programs.
Ms. Kryder-Coe coordinated the 1989 National Conference on Homeless Children and Youth held in Washington, and examined the impact of homelessness on young people.
"She was a person who worked on the advocacy side of social work and was an extremely dedicated and forceful person. She had such power and passion," said Lester M. Salamon, former director of the Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and now director of the Center for Civil Societies at Hopkins.
Since 1992, she had been assistant dean for continuing professional education at the UM School of Social Work, where she directed the continuing education program for 2,500 practicing social workers and other human service professionals in Maryland.
She also had served since 1996 as principal investigator for an HIV prevention and community planning project for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that helped secure federal funding.
"She established one of the finest social work continuing education programs in the country," said Dr. Jesse J. Harris, dean of the UM School of Social Work.
"Julee sought out top-notch, nationally recognized experts in the field to present new perspectives and cutting-edge practice tools for practitioners," said Patricia Boland, acting director of the school's continuing education program.
"Her goal was to provide professionals with new skills to implement in their daily practice settings and experience a renewed sense of purpose," she said. "And her illness never deterred her from her vision for the program."
Ms. Kryder-Coe also was a volunteer with community and nonprofit organizations, and an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying hiking and horseback riding.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St.
Ms. Kryder-Coe is survived by her husband of 27 years, John C. Coe, a social worker; a son, Justin L. Coe of Baltimore; a daughter, Kirsten Kryder Coe-Mouton of Baltimore; her mother, Margaret P. Kryder of Boston; a brother, Ralph Kryder of Houston; and a sister, Chris Kryder of Boston.
Julee H. Kryder-Coe: An obituary published in yesterday's editions for Julee H. Kryder-Coe incorrectly identified one of her survivors, a brother, Chris Kryder of Boston. The Sun regrets the error.