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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Woodrow Skip DellingerIn Memoriam

Woodrow S. Dellinger Jr., SPH '76

Woodrow Skip Dellinger passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018. A long time faculty member and supporter of our department and the school and a colleague to many, his enduring legacy will remain in the hearts of the many with whom he worked.

Born in York, Woodrow "Skip" Dellinger, recalls a supportive and loving childhood in Red Lion, PA. His father was a general practitioner and his mother was a nurse.  Skip graduated in 1962 from Lebanon Valley College. He went on to pursue a master's degree in tropical medicine at Marshall University in West Virginia.

He worked for two years at the VA hospital in West Virginia, then joined the Department of Pathology at the Hershey Medical Center doing research, establishing courses and proctoring the teaching labs in tropical medicine and pathology.  Skip then earned a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1976.

Throughout his career, Skip Dellinger remained a devoted faculty member, mentor, and friend at the School. He was instrumental in establishing the Master's in Health Sciences Program in Maternal and Child Health. In 1992, the Department of Maternal and Child Health honored him with an alumni award for his contributions to the program.

Skip had a profound commitment to Maternal and Child Health public health education and service. He was an exceptional citizen in the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. He had a positive influence on many generations of students and always encouraged them to pursue their goals.  He also was a wonderful colleague to staff and faculty.

Skip worked at Johns Hopkins until he retired in 2003. He remained involved at the school, serving on multiple committees, including involvement in the School’s recent Centennial celebration.

It is because of his dedication to MCH education that he created a Maternal and Child Health Endowment Fund to support training and research to advance the health and welfare of women and children.  He will be greatly missed.

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 121 West Broadway, Red Lion. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with the Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ronald Doverspike, the Rev. Dr. Charles Salisbury, the Rev. Steven Salisbury, and the Rev. Stephany S. Sechrist will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Bethany UMC, 121 West Broadway, Red Lion, PA 17356. Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, PA 17403. Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Mar. 28, 2018


"Skip had a fierce commitment to the field of maternal and child health, and he infused all of us with that commitment. As remarkable was how Skip lifted us up personally and professionally in every encounter.  I will always be grateful to have worked in Skip's sphere, and will remember him always with great fondness."
Holly Grason, MA, Associate Professor, PFRH

“Skip leaves a wonderful legacy of service to maternal and child health and citizenship to the department and school.”
Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, Professor, PFRH

"He was exceptional in creating a friendly and inviting environment in the department."
Henry Mosley, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus

"Skip was a pivotal person to me during my time in the department of MCH/PFRH.  I will treasure many fond memories of him."
Becky Newcomer, Executive Specialist, Bloomberg School of Public Health

"A sad moment! Skip was a dear colleague and friend. His death unleashes decades of memories. A gentleman, thoughtful, warm and kind. A man who distinguished himself by his courage, resourcefulness and intellect: No one more committed to public health or this department. He was a strong presence in my life at Hopkins. I will miss him, his broad smile and warm embrace. There will be a void. He contributed greatly to the mosaic that is the department and is now part of our history. "
David Paige, MD, Professor, PFRH

"I was very sad to hear about Skip’s passing. He was such a good friend to me from the moment I first stepped into JHSPH as a young college student interested in the MHS program. Over the years he stayed in touch with me, always happy to hear stories about my work, life, family and even my pets. He always loved a fun story and we shared many laughs together. He certainly had a positive influence on my career and my life."
Alyssa Sharkey, MHS in MCH '93, PhD'08 in PFRH

If you would like to share memories with our community, please email Deenah Darom.

April 1998: JHU Alumni News.
January 2014: Interview at the Lebanon Valley College, "Oral History of Woodrow "Skip" Dellinger".