Catherine P. S. Putz, clinical pharmacist

Catherine P.S. Putz, a retired clinical pharmacist, died Oct. 4.
Catherine P.S. Putz, a retired clinical pharmacist, died Oct. 4. (/ HANDOUT)

Catherine P.S. Putz, a retired clinical pharmacist and world traveler, died Oct. 4 from ovarian cancer at her Columbia home. She was 80.

The daughter of William Frederick Schroeder, a chemical engineer, and Leona McDermott Schroeder, a teacher, Catherine Philomena Schroeder was born in Minneapolis and raised in nearby Excelsior, Minn.


After graduating from Holy Angels Academy, she attended St. Catherine's College in St. Paul for two years as a chemistry major, and then was accepted into the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy, from which she graduated in 1962.

She met her future husband, Ronald E. Putz, a student at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., at a football game when his college played the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

They then attended a postgame dance at the University of St. Thomas, where he asked her to attend his college's annual homecoming. They married in 1956.

Mr. Putz, who eventually became an official in the U.S. Department of Labor, and his wife moved to Columbia in 1969.

Mrs. Putz worked as a clinical pharmacist at Howard County General Hospital, Kernan Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

She was later recruited by Dr. R Adams Cowley to work at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, from which she retired in 2003.

In the 1990s, she also served as a member of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy as a compliance officer. In retirement, she worked for the Physician Education and Assessment Center helping addicted pharmacists in their recovery.

She and her husband traveled to London, Paris, Ireland, Australia and Southern California, and took more than 10 cruises.

Mrs. Putz was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Putz is survived by four sons, Shawn Putz of Sharpsburg, Christopher Putz of Fairfax, Va., Kevin Putz of Sterling, Va., and Brendan Putz of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Madonna Vitarello of Frederick; and eight grandchildren.