Martin W. Donner

April 15, 1992

Dr. Martin W. Donner, retired head of radiology at the Johns Hopkins medical school and hospital and a world expert on swallowing, died Monday at Hopkins Hospital of complications after an apparently successful heart transplant March 6. He was 71 and lived on South Wind Road in Ruxton.

Services for Dr. Donner will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church near Baltimore's City Hall.

He became director of the Department of Radiology in the medical school and chief of radiology in the hospital in 1972. He started the country's first swallowing center at the hospital in 1981.

In 1987, he retired from the radiology posts to devote full time to the center and edit a new professional journal, Dysphagia. He retired as director of the center in 1990.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Adelheid Wimmer; two daughters, Cornelia Donner of Baltimore and Stephanie Donner of Cockeysville; a son, Dr. Thomas Donner of the Twin Ridge area; a brother, Arndt Donner of Hamburg, Germany; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Cardiac Surgery Transplant Fund of the Hopkins Division of Cardiac Surgery or the Johns Hopkins Swallowing Center.

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