Dr. Lois H. Love, a Baltimore psychiatrist who as a woman with a family had to fight to gain entrance to medical school, died July 22 of lung disease at her Roland Park Place home. She was 94.
"Lois was a terrific person," said Dr. Paul E. Roberts, a semiretired Hopkins psychoanalyst who lives in Guilford. he said he had come to know Dr. Love in the mid-1960s when they were both working at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, and then "we shared a waiting room in the Latrobe Building in Midtown when we went into private practice."
"She brought a great humanity to her work, and she had a good sense of humor as well," he said. "She was quiet when the situation called for it but could be outgoing as well."
The daughter of Albert Hosbach, a businessman and store owner, and Jane Sanville, who was her husband's bookkeeper, Lois Hosbach was born and raised in Ocean City, N.J., and graduated from Ocean City High School.
"She was the only girl in her class to go to college," said her daughter, Dr. Rebecca Love of Moab, Utah. "She owned and operated a boardwalk hamburger stand in order to earn tuition to attend college."
After graduating in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in biology from Swarthmore College, Dr. Love earned a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Pennsylvania.
She obtained her doctorate under the auspices of the War Department and Navy during World War II. She worked on microcirculation of the fingers as a means to improve pilot's gloves. She also worked on encephalitis vaccines.
She later taught for several years at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, now the Medical College of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.
She was married in 1946 to Dr. Warner Edward Love, a professor of biophysics, and in 1957 the couple moved to Baltimore when he was named assistant professor of biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University. He later was department chairman, serving in that role from 1971 to 1974.
Dr. Love told The Baltimore Sun in a 1992 interview that she "retired" in 1951 to become a full-time homemaker and wife.
By 1958, she had two school-age children and decided to return to medical school to pursue a degree in psychiatry. At the same time, another woman, Phyllis Kouenhoven Pullen, who was also a homemaker with children, sought to pursue a medical degree.
Despite both women having strong connections to Johns Hopkins, the medical school rejected them.
They were told to go home and return to taking care of their children and homes. They were also told that caring for children would prove to be a formidable distraction from the rigors and demands of medical school.
"They didn't like taking women in those days; there were hardly any women in medical schools," said Dr. Love in the 1992 interview. She noted this was especially true for women who had been years out of college.
"They wanted to be very sure we wanted to go to medical school and not just take the place of a man who would practice longer," she said.
The former Guilford, Roland Park and Bolton Hill resident had lived at Roland Park Place since 2003. She was an avid traveler and enjoyed fishing. In recent years, she was an active member of the Swarthmore College Book Club.
"She was very intelligent, cultured, liked good food and was a great conversationalist," said Dr. Roberts, who noted that he had traveled on occasion with Dr. Love and her husband. "It's very hard to imagine the world without Lois being around."
A memorial service will be private.
In addition to her husband of 70 years and her daughter, Dr. Love is survived by a son, Michael Love of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren.