By Suzanne Crowder
An art teacher for over three decades, Barbara Kajdi (pronounced "Coy-dee") joins an active arts community at Broadmead. Born at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Barbara has lived in the Baltimore area all of her life. She graduated from Beaver College near Philadelphia, where she majored in art. She then earned a master's degree in education from the Maryland Institute College of Art and taught art in Baltimore County.
Barbara's father was a Hungarian who emigrated from Budapest as a young man. Her mother, a Goucher graduate, was from Pennsylvania and met her father, a physician, at Johns Hopkins. Barbara is very close to her two sisters and their families, who all live in Maryland.
Barbara developed a strong interest in Europe. She studied in France while a junior in college and over the years visited Norway, Hungary, Greece, Austria, Spain, and Germany. Besides travel, her interests are art, reading, active membership in Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore, visiting college friends in New York City and on Martha's Vineyard, visiting family, eating out with friends, and going to the symphony.
Having moved to Broadmead during the pandemic, Barbara expresses deep appreciation for the welcome and help from staff and residents. Over the years, she has known residents Judith Hundertmark, Charlotte Parker, Priscilla Barrett, and Joyce Gilley. She and Joyce traveled to Austria together and have enjoyed the Baltimore Symphony.
Also resident in Barbara's home is her beloved cat, Oliver, who answers to "Ollie." He is a brown tabby who thinks the enclosed patio is made for his scenic wildlife adventures.