Haseltine French Ham, a former histology technician and Oxford resident, died of respiratory failure Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 93.
Haseltine French Harper was born in Covington, Va. She spent the first six years of her life in a Richmond, Va., orphanage. Her mother died while giving birth to her, and her father died shortly thereafter.
In the late 1920s, she married Leonard Oden after moving to Washington. He died in 1938.
Mrs. Ham was working as a seamstress when she married George Allen Ham, a salesman, in 1941. He died in 1960.
During World War II, she worked at the Naval Gun Factory at the Washington Naval Yard. Trained as a histology technician, Mrs. Ham began her career at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1954. Histology deals with the microscopic study of tissue.
In 1956, she took a job as a histology technician at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where her work earned her many awards. Among her honors, she was named the first national Histology Technician of the Year, family members said.
Mrs. Ham was an avid birdwatcher and enjoyed sewing and reading.
She was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 Peach Blossom Road, Easton, where services will be held at noon Tuesday. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, Richard L. Oden of Hollywood; four daughters, Sally A. Kohrn of Severna Park, Patricia D. Jordan of Oxford, H. Marie Jenkins of Falls Church, Va., and June C. Zimmermann of Leesburg, Va.; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.