Dr. Arnold Alexander to retire after 24-year career


August 13, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER 24 YEARS treating the medical needs of Central County, Dr. Arnold G. Alexander plans to retire Aug. 28.

"I always thought of my medical practice as kind of a mom-and-pop business since my wife, Ellen, has worked on the business end with me for the past 17 years," the doctor said.

"She was in the office even when the kids were little," said Alexander, who, with his wife, is a native of Anne Arundel County. (His mother-in-law was public school Principal Mary McGoury.)

Alexander graduated from Penn State University and the University of Maryland Medical School, then continued with three years of postgraduate training in internal medicine at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore.

In July 1974, the young doctor from Brooklyn Park hung out his shingle in the Monumental Title building on Ritchie Highway.

Settling into his life's work, Alexander moved his office to 1300 Ritchie Highway. The couple made their home in Pendennis Mount.

In recent years, the popular internist added physician assistants to his staff to help ease the burden of his huge practice of an estimated 3,500 active patients.

After more than two decades of trying to maintain a one-man practice amid a move in the business toward group practices, along with the changing face of medicine under health maintenance organizations, the Alexanders are heading south.

"We're going to Naples, Fla., and I'm going to play," admitted the doctor, who loves water sports and the outdoors and is dreaming about real relaxation.

The Alexanders so enjoyed their family vacations to the British Virgin Islands, Mexico and Honduras that they're taking an extended family vacation in Florida.

The family includes Molly, a 1997 graduate of the College of Charleston; Eric, a senior at Charleston who plans to follow in his father's footsteps, except he will treat four-legged patients; Megan, a senior at Clemson; and Justin, a sophomore at James Madison University.

Alexander's departure will cause a medical vacuum affecting hundreds. To help fill the void, he has brought on board Drs. Birgitta Miller and Kevin O'Keefe to continue his practice at the same address.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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