Union Memorial stalwarts


August 08, 1999|By Sloane Brown

The gracious cocktail party was perfectly suited to its genteel surroundings -- the library of Evergreen, the 1858 mansion that once was the home of Baltimore's Garrett family. Peabody pianist Paul Wyse provided piano passages in the background as the more than 70 party guests conversed and nibbled hors d'oeuvres. They had come to honor Edward J. Brody and Dr. Stuart B. Bell, who are leaving their respective posts of board chair and chief of staff for Union Memorial Hospital.

Among those circulating through the soiree were John McDaniel, MedStar Health CEO; Harrison J. Rider III, Union Memorial president; Greg Szoka, incoming board chair; Barbara Bonnell and Mary Ellen Thomsen, board members; Dr. Samir Shureih, incoming chief of staff; Dr. Bill Howard, Union Memorial Sports Medicine founder; Dr. David Nasrallah, chief of general surgery; and Dr. Peter Innis, hand surgeon.

The evening's high point came when Brody and Bell were each presented with a Waterford crystal vase, inscribed with their names, titles and years of service at Union Memorial.

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