Mental Health

Frances Jelenko Fitch, an addiction counselor who trained doctors to treat alcoholism, dies at 83

Frances Jelenko Fitch, an addiction counselor who trained doctors to treat alcoholism, dies at 83

Frances Jelenko Fitch, a psychotherapist who specialized in treating alcoholism and counseled domestic abusers at a time when few others did, died Oct. 1 of kidney failure. A Tuscany-Canterbury resident, she was 83.

Mrs. Fitch got her start in the mental health field as a volunteer at Spring Grove Hospital, and in an alcoholism counselor training program offered by the Baltimore City Health Department and the Johns Hopkins University. She went on to teach others how to help people recover from alcoholism as a clinical assistant professor at at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

“She had a deep sense of optimism for those she treated,” said Dr. John R. Lion, a...

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