Sylvia Himmelfarb, a retired Johns Hopkins University biologist and volunteer, died Jan. 31 of complications from dementia at Sunrise of Pikesville, an assisted-living facility. She was 98.
The daughter of Emanuel Himmelfarb, a Light Street grocer, and Ida Himmelfarb, a homemaker, Sylvia Himmelfarb was born in Baltimore and raised above her family's Federal Hill store.
After graduating from Baltimore public schools, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1938 in biology from Goucher College.
From 1950 until 1980, when she retired, she worked in the Johns Hopkins University's department of biology on the Homewood campus, where she was a member of a laboratory research team that studied muscles and muscle diseases.
Prior to Hopkins, she had worked at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.