Betty L. Whildin, a retired Johns Hopkins University administrator who was an advocate for the mentally disabled, died of heart failure Feb. 14 at her Reisterstown home. She was 75.
Born Betty Lou Shaw in Bridgewater, Conn., she was raised in Mars Hill, Maine. After graduating from Aroostook Academy in Presque Isle, Maine, she attended secretarial school.
Mrs. Whildin worked for 30 years on the Hopkins Homewood campus, with the last 18 years of her career as administrative director of the history department. The former Owings Mills resident retired in 1996.
She was a longtime volunteer with the Arc of Maryland, where she worked with families who had mentally disabled children and volunteered with the Maryland Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
For the last several years, she made deliveries for Meals On Wheels.
Mrs. Whildin was a skilled bridge player and enjoyed reading. She also wrote stories about her girlhood growing up in Maine that were published in Yankee Magazine.
A memorial service was held yesterday in Lutherville.
She is survived by a son, Frederick W. Whildin III of Reisterstown; four daughters, Linda E. Whildin of Baltimore, Suzan M. Savage of Woodbine in Howard County, Katherine A. Whildin of Thurmont and Sandra E. Casteel of Reisterstown; her stepmother, Shirley Shaw of Chipley, Fla.; a brother, Wesley Shaw of West Inverness, Fla.; three sisters, Margery Peterson of Houlton, Maine, and Joanne Ault and Susan Roche, both of Bangor, Maine; and three grandchildren. Her marriage to Frederick W. Whildin II ended in divorce.