Dr. Deusdedit Jolbitado, 70, psychiatrist, director at Spring Grove and Springfield

September 19, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Dr. Deusdedit L. Jolbitado, a retired psychiatrist at the Spring Grove and Springfield Hospital centers, died Sept. 12 of heart failure at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Jolbitado, who was 70 and lived in Randallstown, served on the board of governors of the Baltimore County Medical Association and in the House of Delegates of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the state medical society.

A native of the Philippines, Dr. Jolbitado received his medical training at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where he graduated in 1956.

He came to the United States the next year and completed psychiatric training at Crownsville Hospital Center, which was affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Seton Psychiatric Institute.

In 1964, he became a staff psychiatrist at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville, where he was clinical director and president of the medical staff.

In 1974, he joined the staff of Springfield Hospital Center in Carroll County, where he directed the residency program and chaired several departments, including utilization review, credentialing and continuing education.

A small man with an easy smile, he always made time to listen to others, colleagues said.

"Dr. Jolbitado was a pleasure to know and to work with because of his love of the profession and his dedication to it," said John T. Letwich, a former colleague and longtime friend. "He was never flashy or anything, just rock solid in trying to help people. His knowledge of psychiatry was unsurpassed."

He returned to Spring Grove during the 1980s as a part-time consultant. He retired in 1992.

In addition to the state medical society and the Baltimore County Medical Association, Dr. Jolbitado belonged to many professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.

He was also a fellow in the American College of Utilization Physicians.

Services were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly Thompson, whom he married in 1959; three sons, Antonio Jolbitado, Jeffery Jolbitado and Gary Jolbitado, all of Baltimore; a daughter, Jocelyn Sivalingam of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Cardiomyopathy and Transplant Center at Temple University Hospital, Broad and Ontario streets, Philadelphia 19040.

Pub Date: 9/19/98

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