Lois BlumFeinblatt

“When I went to work, no woman in our strata of society worked because they wanted to work. I've been working 45 years now and I'm so glad. Life is so much richer.” – Lois Blum Feinblatt

Born in 1921 to Baltimore's Hoffberger family, Lois Blum Feinblatt has focused her professional career, volunteer efforts and philanthropy on providing mental health, adoption and mentoring services in Baltimore. Lois married Irving Blum in 1941 while still a student at Hood College. (She later graduated from Goucher College.) After the birth of their three children, Pat, Jeff, and Larry, Lois worked for the Baltimore City Department of Welfare for nine years, screening prospective adoptive parents. In the 1960s, she was one of eight women chosen for a special program at Johns Hopkins University to professionally train housewives as mental health counselors. As a therapist with a specialty in human sexuality, she joined the newly formed staff of the Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, where she has worked for more than 30 years. After her husband died in 1973, Lois married lawyer, Eugene Feinblatt, with whom she shared a wonderful marriage for fifteen years. A true liberal politically and socially, Lois has been a thoughtful philanthropist both within and outside the Jewish community, focusing much of her attention on issues affecting children.


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In January 2013, Lois gave a wonderful TED talk on "Choices We Make" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPdvLuHlrIw

Lois died at home on April 15, 2022, a month short of her 101st birthday. She had three children, two step children, 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and countless friends who treasured her wit, wisdom, generosity, and humor. Obit: https://bit.ly/3MiF0Qw

I worked with Lois from 1958 to 1962 at DPW. Would love to make contact again.

Lois Blum Feinblatt.

Courtesy of Joan Roth.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lois Blum Feinblatt." (Viewed on December 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/communitystories/baltimore/narrators/feinblatt-lois-blum>.


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