School of Medicine professor remembered as brilliant, compassionate

Elizabeth O'Hearn broke ground in field of neurodegenerative disease

The university community is mourning the loss of Dr. Elizabeth O'Hearn, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor who broke ground in the field of neurodegenerative disease.

O'Hearn, a 1985 graduate of Johns Hopkins who joined the faculty in 1997, was found unresponsive in the Inner Harbor near her home in Canton last week. She was pronounced dead less than four hours later. She was 53.

In an article published by The Baltimore Sun, O'Hearn was remembered by family, friends, and colleagues as both "brilliant" and compassionate.

"Whether it was a patient at Johns Hopkins or a homeless person on the street, Liz cared," said a family statement released Sunday. "If the measure of a person's life is the good she has done for others, Liz lived a full and rich life. We will miss her."

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