Mary Ann Welzant, nurse and in­struc­tor

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Jac­ques Kelly

Mary Ann Welzant, a nurse who also taught nurs­ing at Tow­son Univer­sity, died of can­cer Nov. 3 at Univer­sity of Mary­land St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter. The Ti­mo­nium res­i­dent was 78. Born in Rock Is­land, Ill., and raised in Wash­ing­ton, Mary Ann Devine was the daugh­ter of Thomas A. Devine, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the American Red Cross, and Ju­lia Toomey.

She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in nurs­ing from Catholic Univer­sity of Amer­ica.

She met her fu­ture hus­band, Dr. Wal­ter Welzant, a Bal­ti­more in­ternist, at a so­cial event at the Belvedere Ho­tel.

She was a sur­gi­cal nurse at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal be­fore she joined Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal, where she was a nurse in the 1960s.

Mrs. Welzant be­lieved in the ben­e­fits of mu­sic ther­apy. She stud­ied pi­ano at Pe­abody Prepara­tory School and earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy at Tow­son Univer­sity.

She was a nurse and case man­ager at the Sheppard Pratt Health Sys­tem’s Geri­atric Day Hos­pi­tal in the mid-1990s.

“She was com­pas­sion­ate, car­ing and com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best care pos­si­ble for our pa­tients,” said a col­league, Seanne Bai­ley, di­rec­tor of the Adult Dis­or­ders Day Hos­pi­tal at Sheppard Pratt. “But equally as im­por­tant, she brought an essence of joy, as well as her own marvelous, con­ta­gious sense of hu­mor to all of us with whom she worked, as well as to the pa­tients we treated.”

Ms. Bai­ley said that af­ter Mrs. Welzant left her po­si­tion, she re­turned to vol­un­teer at the geri­atric in­pa­tient unit. She played pi­ano and was fre­quently ac­com­pa­nied by a grand­daugh­ter, Ju­lia Smouse, in rem­i­nis­cence ther­apy.

Mrs. Welzant also vol­un­teered as a mu­sic ther­a­pist at Stella Maris Hos­pice, Col­lege Manor, Keswick Multi-Care Cen­ter and Bright­wood.

Nearly a decade ago, she be­came an ad­junct fac­ulty mem­ber at Tow­son Univer­sity and was a clin­i­cal in­struc­tor.

“She was an ex­cel­lent teacher and had a great style about her,” said a Tow­son Univer­sity col­league, Lori Geier. “She was in­vested and com­mit­ted to teach­ing stu­dents about men­tal health. She had a smile on her face, and her teach­ing kept her young.”

Mrs. Welzant was a past chair of the Mary­land Chap­ter of the Right to Life March. She co­or­di­nated and or­ga­nized the par­tic­i­pa­tion of parishes, schools and groups in the an­nual event on the Mall in Wash­ing­ton.

A memo­rial Mass will be of­fered at noon Satur­day at St. Pius Ro­man Catholic Church, 6428 York Road.

Sur­vivors in­clude three sons, Philip Welzant of Gam­brills, Steven Welzant of Jar­rettsville and Thomas Welzant of Ti­mo­nium; a daugh­ter, Anne Marie W. Smouse of Jack­sonville; and six grand­chil­dren. Her hus­band of 53 years died this year.

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