Dr. R.A. Milch, surgeon, businessman

January 18, 1991

Dr. Robert A. Milch, who had been both an orthopedic surgeon and a business owner and teacher, died Tuesday of cancer complications at his home in Pikesville. He was 61.

A memorial service for Dr. Milch was being held today at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Since 1989, he had been senior adviser to the Triad Investors Corp., a for-profit subsidiary of Johns Hopkins University.

From 1981 until 1989, Dr. Milch led IGENE Biotechnology Inc., a Columbia company he started.

He also held various positions in academia, government and business.

A native of New York, he received a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from Columbia University. Later, he earned a master's degree in business administration at Loyola College.

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 Bethesda 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 also was 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.

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