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Harriet L. Panitz, psychiatric social worker

Harriet L. “Hatsy” Panitz enjoyed classical music and opera. She died Dec. 15 at her Roland Park Place home.
Harriet L. “Hatsy” Panitz enjoyed classical music and opera. She died Dec. 15 at her Roland Park Place home. (Handout)

Harriet L. “Hatsy” Panitz, a retired psychiatric social worker who enjoyed classical music and opera, died Dec. 15 in her sleep at her Roland Park Place home. She was 89.

Harriett Levy was born in Baltimore and raised in Ashburton. She was the daughter of Robert Levy and Anna Levy, who owned and operated a Hamburg Street grocery store.

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She was a 1946 graduate of Forest Park High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Goucher College in 1950.

“She was a model of resilience,” wrote daughter Amy Panitz, of Middlebury, Vt., in a profile of her mother. “After her divorce, just shy of her 50th birthday, she returned to school and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland.”

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After working in the neurology department of the Johns Hopkins University, she established a private practice as a psychiatric social worker in her Cross Keys home, which she operated for 15 years. She retired in 2010.

Mrs. Panitz was an active participant in adult education classes and was a member of several book clubs. She especially enjoyed reading about history, music, biography and interfaith discourse, her daughter said. She was also a student of Shakespeare and Proust.

A devotee of classical music and opera, she regularly attended the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vt., the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Santa Fe and Metropolitan opera companies.

For 30 years, she was a board member overseeing the Shriver Hall Concert Series at Hopkins.

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A world traveler, she had visited Cuba, France, Spain, China and Russia. On one of her recent trips she rode a hot air balloon over the ancient temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

For annual family vacations in Vermont and Maine, she organized “Camp Haha.” She hosted her final camp in her Roland Park Place home five months before her death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 in the Clubhouse at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Tom Panitz of New York City; two other daughters, Susan Fillion of Ruxton and Polly Panitz of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Sidney Levy of Cockeysville; and 10 grandchildren.

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