Alfred Garrison, Baltimore surgeon

April 25, 1994|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,Contributing Writer

Dr. Alfred S. Garrison, a Baltimore surgeon for more than 40 years, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Catonsville. He was 74.

Dr. Garrison, who maintained offices of general surgery at St. Agnes and Bon Secours hospitals, was chairman of the department of surgery at St. Agnes Hospital from 1972 to 1976. )) He was responsible for the administration of the department and for the maintenance of the surgical educational program.

Dr. Garrison also served as chief of staff at St. Agnes.

"He was highly regarded as a teacher, both by the residents under his supervision and by patients and their families," said his son, Steven P. Garrison. "Those he cared for thought of him as a concerned and dedicated practitioner."

Dr. Garrison was born in 1909 at the family farm, "Isles of Caprea," My Lady's Manor, in Harford County.

He attended a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Jarrettsville High School in 1937. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Western Maryland College in 1940 and three years later graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School, where he was a member of the Benjamin Rush Honor Society.

A lieutenant in the Navy, he served as a doctor in the Pacific during World War II. His final military assignment was at a naval hospital in Key West just after the war ended.

After his retirement from practice in 1986, Dr. Garrison enjoyed restoring antique and classic automobiles and airplanes.

"Working with his hands was his greatest delight," said his son.

Dr. Garrison was an instrument-rated pilot who flew over Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, a Baltimore flying club.

Dr. Garrison was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the Boumi Temple, the Scottish Rite, the Jesters and Mount Ararat Lodge No. 44 in Bel Air.

Besides his son, survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Nancy Payne of Berkeley, Calif.; two other sons, Alfred S. Garrison 3rd of Elba, Italy, and James F. Garrison of Catonsville; a daughter, Nancy M. Parandian of Ellicott City; and five grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, on Manor Road off Jarrettsville Pike, in Monkton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Agnes Hospice, 900 Caton Ave., 21229.

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