Judith W. Moreno, 79, psychotherapist, health-care executive

Judith W. Moreno
Judith W. Moreno
Posted: June 24, 2013

Judith Wilson Moreno, 79, a former health-care executive, died of Alzheimer's disease Saturday, June 15, at CareOne Harmony Village at Moorestown, an assisted-living community for the memory-impaired, where she had lived since 2010.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a 1951 graduate of Frankford High School, attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., graduated in 1954 from the Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing, and later earned a master's degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

After marrying and giving birth to her three children, Mrs. Moreno began her career in the late 1960s as a psychotherapist at what is now the Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center of Pennsylvania Hospital, her daughter Susan Moreno said in a phone interview.

Mrs. Moreno eventually became director of adult mental health services there in the 1970s, her daughter said.

In 1973, J. B. Lippincott published The Practice of Mental Health Nursing: A Community Approach, which Mrs. Moreno cowrote with Arthur J. Morgan.

Mrs. Moreno became deputy director at Intercommunity Action Inc., where, her daughter said, "she was responsible for all clinical mental health and retardation activities."

After working as director of nursing at Fairmount Institute in the late 1980s, said her daughter, Mrs. Moreno joined the former Johnson & Higgins, the insurance services and employee benefit consulting firm, from which she retired as executive vice president in the risk management division.

Besides conducting at times a private practice in psychotherapy and counseling, her daughter said, Mrs. Moreno was a longtime consultant to what is now the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

She was a board member of Seabrook (N.J.) House, a drug treatment and rehabilitation clinic.

Besides daughter Susan, Mrs. Moreno is survived by daughters Jamie Romani and Molly Seiler; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and her companion, Janet Campbell-Taylor. She is also survived by her former husband, Vito Moreno.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield 08033.

Donations may be made to the South Jersey chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, Suite 310, Three Eves Dr., Marlton, N.J. 08053.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kainmurphy.com.


Contact Walter F. Naedele

at 610-313-8134, wnaedele@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @WNaedele.

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