Dr. Maria G. Secada, a retired physician who practiced in 1940s Cuba, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at Summit Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville. The Timonium resident was 92.
Born Maria Lovio in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, she was a graduate of the University of Havana School of Medicine. She worked in Cuba's heath department and was a pioneer in establishing a hot-lunch program for students in the 1950s, family members said.
She left Cuba in 1963 aboard a ferry that was involved in an exchange of food and medicine.
After settling in Columbus, Ohio, she took additional medical courses in psychiatry and worked for the Veterans Administration hospital system. She retired at age 80 and moved to Timonium 12 years ago to be near her family. She enrolled in courses at Towson University.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue, Towson, where she had been a member.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Jorge C. Secada-Lovio of Timonium; and four grandchildren. Her husband, Oreste Secada, died in 1970.