Dr. William Seabold

May 29, 1992

Services for Dr. William M. Seabold, a pediatrician inCatonsville for more than 25 years who retired in 1981 as assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Sterling Ashton Funeral Home, 736 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Dr. Seabold, who moved from Baltimore to the Crofton Convalescent Center about six months ago, died early yesterday of pneumonia at Doctor's Hospital in Lanham. He was 85.

He started his pediatric practice in Catonsville in the mid 1930s. Particularly interested in newly born infants, including the premature, he developed procedures for giving them intravenous fluids. He helped develop improvements in blood replacement in infants and treatment for those with Rh incompatibility.

In 1962, he closed his practice and accepted a fellowship to study adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital in Washington.

Later, he joined the faculty at Maryland, working in both the pediatric and psychiatric departments with exceptional children and those with seizure disorders as well as with developmentally disabled adolescents and adults. Dr. Seabold retired in 1981.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the old Robert E. Lee Junior High School -- which offered an accelerated program in a building now occupied by the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland -- and of City College.

He attended the University of Maryland at College Park before graduating from Johns Hopkins University. He was a 1931 graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School.

He was an intern and resident at University Hospital and a resident at Children's Hospital in Boston before starting his practice in Catonsville.

A member of several medical organizations, he also was active as an alumnus of the Maryland Medical School. He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

His wife, the former Esther J. Benzaquin, died Nov. 8.

He is survived by a daughter, Gretchen Johnson of Minnetonka, Minn.; twin sons, Robert A. Seabold of Bowie and William H. Seabold of Coconut Creek, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Clinic at Union Memorial Hospital.


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