Dr. Hugh McNally, obstetrician and professor, diesA Mass...


May 25, 1991

Dr. Hugh McNally, obstetrician and professor, dies

A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Hugh B. McNally, former chief of obstetrics at St. Joseph Hospital and other area hospitals, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stella Maris Hospice Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

Dr. McNally died yesterday at his home in the 2300 block of Killoran Road in Timonium, after battling cancer for several months. He was 83.

A Baltimore native, he was educated at Calvert Hall College and received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, followed by a degree from the School of Medicine in 1934. He served as chief resident in obstetrics at University Hospital.

Dr. McNally had a private practice from 1937 until 1967, when he became chief of field services and health promotion for the Montgomery County Health Department, where he served until 1971. Afterward, he became a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1971 until his death.

He was professor emeritus in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and also taught at the School of Pharmacy. He was emeritus chief of obstetrics at St. Joseph, St. Agnes and Bon Secours hospitals.

Dr. McNally was a past president of the staff at St. Agnes and Bon Secours, and of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Maryland. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the Baltimore County Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, Rho Chi honorary pharmaceutical society and Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society. He was a founding fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

During World War II, he was Baltimore's chief of auxiliary ambulance services for civil defense. Dr. McNally served on the State Advisory Council for Hospital Licensure, and for five years was physician for the Catholic Diocese of Baltimore's Marriage Tribunal.

He was the author of several scientific papers, including the first study of women who had undergone more than four Caesarean sections.

His wife, the former Margaret Brady, died in 1975 after more than 30 years of marriage.

Dr. McNally is survived by three sons, Edward Brady McNally of Germantown, Hugh B. McNally Jr. of Timonium and Michael Kevin McNally of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Ellen Hooper of Gibson Island and Mary McNally Rose of Bay Ridge; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Inc., 7820 York Road, Towson 21204.

Elizabeth C. Watson

Watson's bookkeeper

A Mass of Christian burial for Elizabeth C. Watson, who helped to keep the books at her sons' garden center in Lutherville, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where she was baptized and will be buried.

Mrs. Watson, a resident of Stella Maris hospice for the last several years, died early yesterday of a heart attack. She was 88.

Born in Texas, Md., in 1902, the former Elizabeth Cross was a 1920 graduate of Towson High School, where she was an early and enthusiastic girls' basketball player. In 1923, family members contributed to help her buy a Model T Ford she drove everywhere after she earned her driver's license. She was married in 1924 to Maurice M. Watson, an employee of the C&P Telephone Co., who died several years ago.

Mrs. Watson used to help with the bookkeeping for Watson's Garden Center Inc., the Lutherville business started in 1955 by three of her four sons, opening in a two-car garage in Towson.

Mrs. Watson was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sodality at Immaculate Conception, which she attended all of her life. She also was a loyal Orioles fan, who enjoyed the games most on the radio.

She is survived by four sons, Maurice L. Watson of Adelphi and Robert C. Watson, Joseph W. Watson and James S. Watson, all of the Lutherville-Towson area; a sister, Margaret Devilbiss of Towson; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard T. Butler

Electrical engineer

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard Thomas Butler, a retired engineer who worked on several missile systems, will be offered today at Blessed Sacrament Church in Burlington, N.C.

Mr. Butler, who moved to North Carolina from Baltimore about six years ago, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Alamance County Hospital after a brief illness. He was 55.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came to Baltimore as a boy. He attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson and was graduated from Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute.

He attended Cornell University on a full scholarship, with advanced placement in electrical engineering.

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