Dr. Peter ThorpeFamily practitionerDr. Peter Van Boekel...

September 09, 1995

Dr. Peter Thorpe

Family practitioner

Dr. Peter Van Boekel Thorpe, who maintained a family practice in Ellicott City from 1956 until he retired in 1980, died Sept. 2 of leukemia at his home in Columbia. He was 76.

Dr. Thorpe, who was among the first doctors in Maryland to be certified as family practitioners, was one of eight physicians in Howard County when he began his practice.

After a career in business, he enrolled in the University of Maryland medical school, graduating in 1955. After serving an internship at St. Agnes Hospital, he began a private practice and remained a member of St. Agnes' staff.

Dr. Thorpe was a former president of the Howard County Medical Society, a member of UM's Medical Alumni Association and of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

A native of New York City who was reared in Bronxville, N.Y., he was a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was a Navy communications officer in World War II.

Dr. Thorpe had been senior warden of St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, where services were to be held at 11 a.m. today.

His first marriage, to the former Patricia Stone, ended in divorce.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marian Stoffregen Fox; two children from his first marriage, David Burn Thorpe of Columbia and Susan Gay Thorpe Cornwell of Ellicott City; three stepdaughters, Susan Fox of Reisterstown, Sally Fox Tennant of Sykesville and Stacey Fox Bondurant of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the University of Maryland Cancer Center or to Hospices Services of Howard County.

Alma Webber Brandt, a retired special education teacher in the Baltimore public school system, died Aug. 30 of cancer at home in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mrs. Brandt, who had moved from Parkville to Ann Arbor in July, retired in 1973 after working in the city schools since 1961. She had worked for a time in the 1950s for the Glenn L. Martin Co.

She was a native of Kissel Hill, Pa., and held one of the first bachelor's degrees granted by what is now Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a former teachers college.

Her husband, Lewis C. Brandt, died in 1974.

A memorial service is to be held at noon today at St. John's Lutheran Church of Parkville, 8808 Harford Road.

She is survived by a daughter, Diane Drayson of Ann Arbor; a son, Clifford W. Brandt of Dallas ; a sister, Luella Buchter of Kissel Hill; and five grandchildren.

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