Maurice Klawans, 92, Annapolis physician

October 02, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

Dr. Maurice Klawans, 92, a physician for more than a half-century in Annapolis, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest in Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital.

He retired in 1987 from a practice that he started in 1931 in an office on Southgate Avenue and moved in 1934 to his family home a few doors away.

A general practitioner, his practice included "everything from the common cold to major surgery, obstetrics and sewing up the farmer's horse," recalled his daughter-in-law, Anita Klawans.

Dr. Klawans was born at home on West Street in Annapolis. In 1902, the family moved to Baltimore. He was a 1919 graduate of City College. His family then moved back to Annapolis.

He planned to go to sea, but when he was about to sail, he learned he had been awarded a basketball scholarship to St. John's College. He graduated from there in pre-med in 1922.

He worked for a year as a laboratory helper before entering the University of Maryland medical school, from which he graduated in 1927.

His internship was spent at the Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia. After his return to Baltimore, he completed his residency in psychiatry at Baltimore City Hospital. He was also a resident at the Baltimore Eye, Nose and Throat Hospital.

Moving to New York, he worked for several years in private practice.

While in New York, he met his wife, the former Stella Janette Goldman. Married in 1931, the couple returned to Annapolis. She died in 1982.

"In his early years, he made house calls any time of the day or night for $3 a visit," said his daughter-in-law. "Very often he would accept a bag of food from the farmer's harvest for payment."

Warren Klawans, his son, said, "Dad was proud of the fact that he delivered three generations of Annapolitans."

When Dr. Klawans was 50, he suffered a major coronary, which caused him to examine his dietary habits. He put himself on a fat- and cholesterol-free diet which he designed.

He moved to Florida in 1991, but for many years enjoyed sailing and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Services are set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Kneseth Israel Synagogue, Hilltop Lane, Annapolis.

In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Janice Gotch of Sarasota; six grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

The family suggested contributions may be made to the Kneseth Israel Synagogue in his name.

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