Louise Ann Meister, 59, a longtime social worker and social services administrator who worked at a hospital, a homeless shelter and the National Institutes of Health, among other places, died of cancer June 14 at her home in Columbia.

From 1981 to 1997, Ms. Meister worked at NIH, where over the years, she served as a counselor to patients, supervised programs and staff development at a clinical care center and developed training programs for graduate students in social work.

For the last year, she was employed at N Street Village, a homeless shelter in Washington, as director of social services.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Manhasset, N.Y. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and received a master's degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore.

As a member of the Peace Corps in the mid-1960s, she helped to create a foster care program in Honduras. She then moved to the Washington area, where she briefly held jobs with Baltimore's Department of Social Services and the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Rockville.

She was a co-founder of the Center for Professional Growth in Baltimore and an instructor of social work courses at St. Mary's Seminary and University and the University of Maryland.

Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Meister of Columbia, and a foster brother, Yungil Kim of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.