Colts' team dentist Dr. I. Norton Brotman

January 02, 1994

Dr. I. Norton Brotman, a dentist for more than 57 years and a former team dentist for the Baltimore Colts, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Pikesville. He was 78.

"He was a charming, endearing, first-class human being. I've never met a person so well-liked by his peers," said his nephew, Dr. Don N. Brotman, a dentist who practices in Baltimore.

Dr. Brotman, who had a private practice in Pikesville, specialized in prosthodontics, or restorative dentistry.

After his retirement in 1992 he acted as a consultant to other area dentists, who sought his expertise in crown and bridgework.

He had been treating Carroll Rosenbloom, former owner of the Baltimore Colts, when he was offered the job of team dentist in 1968.

He traveled with the team and treated players until 1983, when the team left Baltimore for Indianapolis.

"That was a labor of love. It was something he truly enjoyed," his nephew said.

For 15 years, he was a professor at the University of Maryland dental school, where he taught diagnosis and treatment planning.

Reared in Easterwood Park, Dr. Brotman was a 1931 graduate of Baltimore City College.

In 1936, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

From 1941 to 1945, he was a dentist in the Army, attaining the rank of captain.

He spent 11 months overseas treating American soldiers in Luxembourg, Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

He re-established his Pikesville practice after the war.

A past member of the executive board of the Baltimore City Dental Society, he lectured before dental societies in Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.

"He was a sought-after public speaker," Dr. Brotman said.

He was a founding member of the Monumental Study Club, a professional club for dentists formed in 1945.

Dr. Brotman was a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, and a member of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and the Gorgas Odontological Society.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Esther Cohen of Pikesville; a son, Jerrold L. Brotman of Timonium; two sisters, Z. Valerie Sass of Boca Raton, Fla., and Rose Fink of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

Services will be held at noon tomorrow at the Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

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