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Ellen (Spero) Foland


1945 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Ellen Spero Foland of Columbus, Ohio passed away on April 30, 2013 at age 68. She was the eldest daughter of Leonard and Charlotte Spero, who predeceased her.


She is survived by: her husband, Kenneth Foland; sisters, Deborah Spero, Abby ( Jeffrey Kayden) Spero ,and Sally (Matthew Putziger) Spero of Virginia; sister- and brother-in-law Edith and Ronald Foland of Frederick; sister-in-law Barbara Ann Dickerson of Smyrna, Dela- ware; many nieces, nephews and their families; and, two loving dogs, Fala and Dulci.


Ellen was raised in Frederick and graduated from Frederick High School in 1963. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland, she married Ken Foland, also an FHS graduate. Ellen earned a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and a PhD from Brandeis University with a specialization in gerontology at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.


The Folands moved to Columbus in 1980 when Ken joined the faculty of Ohio State University. Upon completing her doctorate, Ellen joined the faculty of Ohio Dominican College as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work. After retiring from teaching, she spent many years volunteering with social welfare organizations, and at the Ohio State University Medical Center. She was also very active with the Medical Center Service Board. In recent years, the Folands split their time between Columbus and their home on the island of Curaçao.


Donations in her memory may be made to The Ohio State University Medical Center Service Board, P.O. Box 21781, Columbus, OH 43221-0781.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on May 8, 2013
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