Dr. Chissell dies of a heart attack

May 16, 1991|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

Dr. H. Garland Chissell Jr., a leader in the development of Provident Hospital and of the first black health maintenance organization in Baltimore, died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a heart attack. He was 68.

Private services for Chissell were being held today.

Born in Petersburg, Va., Chissell received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Virginia State College in Petersburg in 1942, and a doctorate in medicine in 1946 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He practiced family medicine in West Baltimore for 40 years.

From 1958 to 1972, he served as chief of staff at Provident Hospital, now Liberty Medical Center, and worked to raise funds and develop plans for the construction of the hospital's new building on Liberty Heights Avenue. He established the hospital's Department of Family Practice and served as its head from 1961 to 1968.

Chissell helped to develop the now-defunct Monumental Health Plan, the first and only black health maintenance organization in the city, and served as its executive vice president.

After retiring from clinical practice in 1987, Chissell developed the Walbrook Shopping Center and founded Universal Telecom, a minority-owned firm that held a limited partnership with United Cable Television in that company's 1984 bid for Baltimore's cable TV franchise.

Survivors include his wife, the former Robbie E. McClellan; two sons, Dr. Herbert G. Chissell 3rd and Robert E. Chissell, both of Baltimore; his mother, Connie B. Chissell of Baltimore; a brother, John T. Chissell of Baltimore; a sister, Connie C. Young of Bowie; four grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan State University Foundation, for assignment to the H. Garland Chissell Jr. M.D. Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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