Ruth B. Wiemer, occupational therapy chief

The Baltimore Sun

Ruth B. Wiemer, former chief of the division of occupational therapy for Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, died in her sleep Oct. 14 at Heron Point retirement community in Chestertown. She was 92.

Ruth Brunyate was born and raised in Orange, N.J., graduating from high school in 1934.

She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1938 from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. After graduating from the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy in 1940, she was an occupational therapist at Seashore House in Atlantic City.

From 1943 to 1961, she was director of occupational therapy at the old Children's Rehabilitation Institute in Reisterstown, which later became a part of Johns Hopkins Hospital's Kennedy-Krieger Institute.

In 1962, she moved to Milwaukee after accepting a position as an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Milwaukee-Downer College.

She returned to Baltimore in 1963 and enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in education. Three years later, she was named chief of the division of occupational therapy for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a position she held until retiring in 1980.

Mrs. Wiemer was a member of the National Health Council Board and was president of the American Occupational Therapy Association from 1964 to 1967.

Her husband of 28 years, Christopher H. Wiemer, one of the founders of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and former executive director of the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, died in 1998.

The couple moved to Easton in 1979, and after the death of her husband, Mrs. Wiemer moved to the Chestertown retirement community.

Plans for a memorial gathering to be held at Heron Point were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Mary Louise Wiemer of Baltimore.

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