Joan McHenry Hoblitzell, a naturalist, equestrian, hiker and volunteer, died of heart failure Oct. 28 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 82.
"I wish that the whole world had gotten to know her. I loved her so much, and she was a heroine to me," said Pooh Douglas, a friend from high school and college who lives in Narragansett, R.I.
"She was loyal, a wonderful friend and a great lover of people. She loved her family and was wedded to her farm in 'The Valley,' as Baltimoreans call it," she said.
"She was very passionate about the environment and nature — and that's why she came to the Irvine Nature Center where she was still taking...