Shirley Landon Lupton, social worker and writer, dies

Shirley Landon Lupton, a retired social worker and writer, died of cancer Monday at Gilchrest Hospice Care. She was 73 and lived in Canton.

Born Shirley Kathryn Smith in Evanston, Ind., and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she earned a degree in history at Goucher College.

She moved to Baltimore in 1968 and was an early staff member of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point. She was active in running the annual Fells Point Fun Festival.

After raising her family, she earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland. As part of her studies, she trained with the Army and counseled military families in Nuremberg, Germany. She also worked with soldiers and their families in Izmir, Turkey.

She then worked at the Sheppard Pratt hospital and other local mental health organizations. She also had a private practice.

She wrote fiction and nonfiction and belonged to the Deepdene Writers Group. In 2006, her travel story about a trip to Martha's Vineyard appeared in The Baltimore Sun.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include her husband of 22 years, William L. Lupton; a son, Robert Landon of Rio de Janeiro; a daughter, Sarah Landon of Baltimore; a sister, Margaret Smith of Philadelphia; two stepdaughters, Julia Lupton of Irvine, Calif., and Ellen Lupton of Baltimore; and a granddaughter. Her 1960 marriage to Philip Joseph Landon ended in divorce.

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