Stephen J. Ackerman

Public Health Expert

Stephen J. Ackerman, 86, a retired public health expert with several federal agencies, died Oct. 10 of pneumonia at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of the District before moving last year to ManorCare Health Services, an assisted living community in Potomac.

He was born in the District and proudly said he grew up in "Swampoodle," a thriving Irish community around Union Station in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He graduated from St. John's College High School in 1937 and received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1941.

He worked as a statistician for the War Production Board in 1942 and then was drafted into the Army. From 1942 to 1945, he served with the Medical Corps in Africa and Italy.

After the war, he returned to the District and worked as a health program specialist for the U.S. Public Health Service from 1945 to 1950. He also received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1950.

From 1950 to 1953, he was a budget examiner in the Bureau of the Budget, and for the next 12 years, he was a financial management officer with the Bureau of State Services of the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1966, he became executive secretary with the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke, and later, he was chief of planning and evaluation for the Division of Regional Medical Programs with the National Institutes of Health.

He retired in 1971 as associate commissioner for rehabilitation with the agency then known as the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

In retirement, Mr. Ackerman worked as a public health consultant and taught public health as a lecturer in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University. He also worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Mr. Ackerman received the Arthur Fleming Award for Outstanding Young Men in Government in 1955 and was a member of the American Management Association, the American Association for Business Management in Public Health, the D.C. Bar Association and Church of Christ the King in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Genevieve Sullivan Ackerman of Washington; and two children, Mary Frances Abbott of Napa, Calif., and Stephen J. Ackerman Jr. of Washington.

Maria Fernandez Baranano

Educator, Librarian

Maria Luisa Fernandez Baranano, 88, a well-traveled educator and librarian, died of cancer Sept. 15 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Baranano, a native of Havana, immigrated with her family to Cleveland in 1923. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University, and received a master's degree in Romance languages from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1942. She did graduate work in pre-Columbian art at the National University of Mexico and the National Museum of Archaeology.

She married an architect whose work took them around the world, with several lengthy stops in the Washington area.

Mrs. Baranano, a mother of five, constantly worked outside the home, as well. Early in her adult life, she was chosen by the Cleveland public library to develop its first program to establish three school libraries and to coordinate with the new teacher-librarian program in the schools. She also taught Spanish at secondary school and colleges in Ohio.

Mrs. Baranano developed a cultural exchange program in art while a research specialist in the office of the chief of the inter-American office at the National Gallery of Art. In San Juan, Puerto Rico, she established one school library and organized another. In Montevideo, Uruguay, she consulted for the U.S. Embassy regarding the Artigas-Washington Library.

Back in Washington in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she was chairman of the library section of the Citizens Committee for Better Education in D.C. Schools. She led a group of volunteer mothers pushing for the establishment of several neighborhood branch libraries.

In California during the 1970s, she taught Spanish and was a dean at secondary schools and colleges.

Returning to Washington, she was a librarian at Loyola High School in Baltimore. She became director of student records in the dean of students office at the University of Maryland's School of Engineering.

In the 1980s, Mrs. Baranano established the technical library and edited publications at the National Hispanic Housing Coalition in Washington and also was a librarian at Gonzaga High School when it was accredited. She was a librarian, and prepared accreditation material at the business school of Benjamin Franklin University, now part of George Washington University.

She volunteered at the IONA senior center in the District.

Her husband of 56 years, Eduardo Baranano, died in 2003.

Survivors include five children, Eduardo Carlos Baranano of Mobile, Ala., Maria Teresa Baranano and Susana Baranano, both of Washington, Sara Baranano Doebley of Narberth, Pa., and Gerardo Baranano of Oakland, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Catherine A. Cline

Catholic University Professor

Catherine Ann Cline, 78, a retired history professor at Catholic University and an expert on British history, died Oct. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. She was a resident of Washington.

Dr. Cline joined Catholic's faculty in 1968 after 13 years teaching at the old Notre Dame College of Staten Island. She was history department chairman from 1973 to 1976 and from 1979 to 1982. She retired in 1996.

She was a native of West Springfield, Mass., and a 1948 cum laude graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts. She received a master's degree in history from Columbia University in 1950 and a doctorate from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1957.

She wrote "Recruits to Labour: the British Labour Party, 1914-1931" (1963) and "E.D. Morel, 1873-1924: The Strategies of Protest" (1980). She contributed to such journals as Commonweal, the Journal of Modern History and Church History.

There are no immediate survivors.