Dr. Arthur George Siwinski, 94, oncologist and surgeon

August 17, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. Arthur George Siwinski, a retired oncologist and surgeon, died in his sleep Sunday at the home of a son in Westminster. He was 94.

Dr. Siwinski, formerly of Roland Park, also had been a head and neck surgeon. He retired from the practicing medicine in the late 1960s.

He had lived for several years in Indian Rocks, Fla., before he returned to Westminster in 1997.

From the early 1970s until retiring a second time in 1980, he traveled the country as a member of the Joint Committee on the Accreditation of Hospitals, which evaluates hospitals.

Dr. Siwinski had a private practice and was on the staffs of Mercy Medical Center, Union Memorial Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, Bon Secours Hospital and South Baltimore General Hospital, now Harbor Hospital Center.

He had been an assistant associate professor at the University of Maryland Medical School and lectured in dental oncology at the University of Maryland Dental School.

He was president of the Baltimore City Medical Society in 1966 and president of the Maryland State Medical Society from 1968 to 1969. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Radiology and was a former president of the Medical Alumni Association.

Dr. Siwinski was born and raised in Fells Point, the son of Polish immigrants. He was a 1923 Loyola High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1927.

He was a 1931 graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School and completed medical and surgical internships at Mercy and the University of Maryland. He was a fellow of the National Cancer Institute at the University of Michigan from 1938 to 1940.

During World War II, he was an Army medical officer in the southwest Pacific with the 42nd General Hospital from 1941 to 1945. He was chief of surgery with the 136th Evacuation Hospital of the Maryland National Guard and was discharged with the rank of colonel.

A voracious reader, he enjoyed books dealing with medical matters and western civilization.

A Memorial Mass for Dr. Siwinski will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave., Mount Washington, where he had been a communicant for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Martha Cosgrove; three sons, Arthur Siwinski of Reisterstown, Michael Siwinski of Westminster and Stephen Siwinski of Riderwood; a daughter, Mary Anne Gummere of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/17/99

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