Mary Joanne Gludt, former chief of the disabilities litigation branch of the Social Security Administration, died July 19 of Alzheimer's disease at Genesis Elder Care Spa Creek Center in Annapolis. The former longtime Columbia resident was 70.
Miss Gludt was born in Red Wing, Minn., and raised in Lake City, Minn. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1959.
She moved to Washington and worked on the staff of Sen. Eugene McCarthy from 1959 to 1964, when she took a job in the U.S. Embassy in Austria and later in the State Department in Washington.
Miss Gludt rejoined Sen. McCarthy's staff in the late 1960s and then returned to Minnesota, where she earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1972. She was admitted to the bar in Minnesota, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
In the 1970s, she returned to Washington and took a job in the inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and was later assigned to SSA headquarters in Woodlawn. She retired in the 1990s.
An outdoorswoman, she enjoyed golfing, skiing and hiking. She had hiked part of the Appalachian Trail in Maine and the Bright Angel Creek Trail in the Grand Canyon.
A marathoner, she had participated in the Richmond, Va., Marathon and several Cherry Blossom 10k Races in Washington, as well as 10k races in Annapolis.
Miss Gludt was an accomplished sailor and participated as a crew member in many Annapolis catboat regattas. She also liked visiting Civil War battlefields and observing re-enactments of battles.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Mahn Funeral Home in Lake City.
Surviving are several cousins and her longtime friend, David Bleil of Annapolis.