A memorial service for Dr. Robert A. Milch, who had been both an orthopedic surgeon and a business owner and teacher, will be held at 5 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dr. Milch, who was 61, died Tuesday of complications to cancer at his home in Pikesville.
Since 1989, he had been senior adviser to the Triad Investors Corp., a for-profit subsidiary of the Johns Hopkins University.
From 1981 until 1989, Dr. Milch led IGENE Biotechnology Inc., a Columbia company he started.
During the late 1970s, he was a professor of management and director of the Executive Graduate Programs in Management at the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College.
He was in charge of health and medical consulting in the Washington office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. for the previous seven years, after about two years as a special assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Earlier, he was an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the Orthopedic Surgical Research Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
A native of New York, he received a bachelor's degree and medical degree from Columbia University. Later, he earned a master's degree in business administration at Loyola.
Dr. Milch did postgraduate work at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, the National Cancer Institute in Be thesda and at Hopkins.
He wrote three books and held six patents.
He had served on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Ballet Company and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Maryland. He also served on the board of Columbia College in New York.
He was also a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington and the Explorers' Club in New York.
He is survived by his wife, the former Margot Wurtzburger; a daughter, Pamela A. M. Johnson of New York; and a son, Thomas A. W. Milch of Baltimore.
The family suggested contributions to the Oncology Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital or to the Baltimore Museum of Art.