Dr. Charles E. Carr Jr., 78, longtime Baltimore internist

September 20, 1997|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. Charles E. Carr Jr. was known as "the good doctor" by both his patients and fellow physicians.

Dr. Carr, a retired Baltimore internist, died Thursday of a massive heart attack at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 78 and lived in Lutherville.

"He was the most compassionate man I've ever known," said lifelong friend, Dick Hook of Roland Park.

"He was an old-fashioned doctor, who came to your house day or night, and if it were on a weekend, he'd see you at his home. He saw me through a lot of illnesses, including two double bypasses," Mr. Hook said.

Known as an astute diagnostician, Dr. Carr's York Road office was seldom empty.

"It was not uncommon to see 30 or 40 people sitting in his waiting room, and he didn't care how long it took or how late it was, he saw everyone. No one was sent home or postponed to the next day," Mr. Hook said.

Dr. Carr later moved his office to Thirty-Nine Hundred North Charles Apartments, where he maintained a private practice until he closed it in 1985.

In the 1960s, he was president of the medical staff at Maryland General Hospital.

He served as medical director of the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. from 1977 until last year, when he retired.

In addition to his regular practice, Dr. Carr was for many years physician to the students and nuns at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

"He was very gentle, kind and understanding," said Sister Bernice Feilinger, S.S.N.D., a former dean of students at the North Baltimore college.

Dr. Charles J. Blazek Jr., a retired internist who lives in Towson, described Dr. Carr as a "very caring and considerate man."

"He was outgoing and loved people, and they loved him. He was extremely popular with his patients," he said.

A Baltimore native who was raised on Eden Street, Dr. Carr's medical career had an inauspicious precursor.

"He was the last person I ever thought would become a physician," Mr. Hook chuckled. "When we were kids, we were playing baseball one day, and he stepped on my finger when I slid into base. While my mother and his were dressing my injured finger, Charlie passed out."

Dr. Carr was a 1937 graduate of Towson Catholic High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1941. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Agnes Hospital.

During World War II, he served with the Army Medical Corps and was assigned to a military hospital in Asheville, N.C. He was discharged with the rank of captain.

An avid golfer, Dr. Carr was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Mid-Atlantic Golf Association.

"He made golf an art," said Mr. Hook. "You'd drive by his house at night, and there would be Charlie practicing his swing in the den."

"He was a helluva golfer," said Dr. Blazek, who was with him the day he shot a 65 at at the Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms course. "It was very exciting."

Dr. Carr was married in 1944 to the former Mary Adele Wey, who died in 1980.

He was a parishioner of the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium and a former parishioner of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday. He is survived by two sons, Charles E. Carr III of Scotch Plains, N.J., and James J. Carr of Owings Mills; three daughters, Mary Lee Carr of Towson, Kathleen M. Beuttel of Burtonsville and Lisa A. Carr of Germantown; seven grandchildren; and a special friend, Phyllis Rice of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 9/20/97

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