Dr. Judith T. Maurin, a noted Utah nurse and scholar, died of cancer Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1990. She was 48.

Dr. Maurin was noted for her research on chronic mental illness, the role of clinical specialists in psychiatric health and the homeless. She served on the governor's task force on the homeless and another task force that developed the state's Comprehensive Mental Health Plan for the Severely Mentally Ill.Dr. Maurin, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., developed the first post-doctoral program in family nursing at the University of Utah, and co-wrote the book "The Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing." The book was named Book of the year by the American Journal of Nursing.

Dr. Maurin began teaching at the University of Utah in 1981. She became the associate dean for Academic Affairs in 1985.

Friends may call at the Broomhead Funeral Home, 12590 S. 2200West, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be in the Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Judith T. Maurin Special Endowment Fund at the University of Utah College of Nursing.