Dr. Dawn F. Audi-Racke, 42, pediatrician


Dr. Dawn F. Audi-Racke, a Towson pediatrician, died of cancer Monday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Sparks resident was 42.

Born Dawn Freida Audi in Johnstown, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Haverford College. While a student there, she met Dr. Frederick K. Racke, a Johns Hopkins Hospital pathologist. They married in 1987.

She earned her medical degree at Pennsylvania State University at Hershey and did her residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

In 1998, she joined a pediatrics practice headed by Dr. Deborah G. Bittar in Towson. In a merger, it formed Main Street Pediatrics on Fairmount Avenue. She stopped working in April last year because of poor health.

"Dawn was a wonderful pediatrician who spent many hours worrying and caring about her patients, Dr. Bittar said. "Patients just loved her. She was pleasant, an easy person to work with."

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ashland Presbyterian Church, 116 Ashland Road in Cockeysville, where Dr. Audi-Racke was a member and taught Sunday school.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Karl Racke, 14, and Robert Racke, 10; a daughter, Sophia Racke, 6; her mother, Diane Audi of Lancaster, Pa.; and two sisters, Victoria Nein of Lancaster and Christine Foreback of Pittsburgh.

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