Raymond Edward Vanderlinde, former director of clinical chemistry laboratories and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, died Saturday of pneumonia at St. Agnes Hospital. The longtime Charlestown retirement community resident was 83.
Dr. Vanderlinde was born and raised in Newark, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in science education from Syracuse University in 1944. He earned a master's degree in science education from Syracuse in 1945 and a master's in organic chemistry, also from Syracuse, in 1947.
In 1950, he earned his doctorate in medical biochemistry from the old Syracuse University Graduate School and College of Medicine, now State University of New York Upstate Medical University.
Dr. Vanderlinde was an assistant and later associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1950 to 1957.
He later held teaching positions in biochemistry and pathology at Syracuse University Graduate School and College of Medicine, West Virginia University Medical Center and Albany Medical College.
From 1962 to 1965, he was associate laboratory director and clinical chemist at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, and was director of clinical chemistry for the New York State Department of Health from 1965 to 1977.
Dr. Vanderlinde, who formerly lived in Wayne, Pa., was at Hahnemann from 1977 until retiring in 1990 and moving to the retirement community two years later.
He was a longtime volunteer and served on the Board of the Friends of the Catonsville Public Library. A particular interest was working in the library's historical and genealogy section. He also volunteered at the Albin O. Kuhn Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
He was a member of the institutional review board at St. Agnes Hospital, where his responsibility as a public member was to safeguard patients' rights.
An auto enthusiast and collector, Dr. Vanderlinde enjoyed driving his restored 1966 Ford Mustang convertible, 1964 Ford Falcon or 1981 Chrysler Cordova in Catonsville's July Fourth parade.
Dr. Vanderlinde, who had contributed to scientific journals during his professional life, wrote and published two books during his retirement on his family's genealogy, as well as The History of Charlestown, which was published in 2003.
He was a member of the Mayflower Society.
He was a lay leader and speaker at Catonsville United Methodist Church.
Services were yesterday.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Ruth Louise Hansen; a son, William E. Vanderlinde of Columbia; daughters Susan Kay Linden of Columbia and Jeanne Linden of Albany, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.