Melinda Kurkian Gaffney, 71, of Pennsauken, who retired in the late 1990s as director of patient services for the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, died of heart failure Sunday, Oct. 13, at Virtua Voorhees hospital.
Mrs. Gaffney had a 25-year career with the chapter, her son, Christopher, said.
Born in Merchantville, she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Lycoming College in 1964 and pursued graduate studies at Rutgers-Camden.
Mrs. Gaffney had a second career as president of the Mozart and Friends Opera Company, which she organized in her home in 1988.
With a membership of about 100 and an orchestra of 60 to 80 members, her son said, it staged one opera each year at Pennsauken High School until disbanding in 2000.