Dayton resident is honored by UM alumni for medical inventions


May 04, 2000|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHO SAYS you have to graduate to be considered alumni?

Dayton resident Robert Fischell was recently honored by the University of Maryland Alumni Association with the Department of Physics Distinguished Alumnus Award for excellence in his professional field.

Fischell, 71, pursued a doctorate in physics at the university. But he never wrote his thesis -- he was too busy inventing. About five years ago, he received an honorary doctorate.

He holds more than 100 patents for devices such as the first implantable insulin pump and the first rechargeable cardiac pacemaker. He also invented the stent, a tubelike device placed inside an artery during cardiac surgery.

He is president and chairman of the board of MedInTec Inc., a company that invents medical devices for the human body.

"We're pretty serious inventors," said Fischell. "I invent medical devices using the laws of physics."

If a device becomes successful, a company is formed to manage its manufacture and marketing. Fischell serves as chairman of the board for several of those companies.

In addition to his recent award, Fischell won the Inventor of the Year Award for the United States in 1984.

Fischell, the son of a shoe salesman, is originally from the Bronx, N.Y. He said his insecure nature gave him the determination to succeed.

He has lived in Dayton for 13 years in a house he designed. His wife, Marian, works as the secretary and bookkeeper of his company. The couple have three sons.

When he's not inventing lifesaving medical devices, Fischell relaxes by playing tennis and sailing in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.

The Fischells will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in February with a party in Hawaii for friends and family.

Glenelg music

The Glenelg High School bands and marching unit competed in the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Festival of Music on April 14 and 15 and returned home April 16 with 17 awards.

The symphonic band won first place in its division, best overall concert band and best sight-reading in its division.

The jazz ensemble won first place in its division, best overall jazz band, best sight-reading in its division and outstanding section awards for saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm.

In addition, outstanding soloist awards went to Alex Asher for trombone and David Black for tenor saxophone.

In the parade competition, the marching unit won first place in its division, the best overall parade band and best auxiliary unit. The drill team and the silks won first place in their divisions.

Glenelg competed against bands from nine states, including Wisconsin, Alabama, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Ohio.

The Glenelg High School band is directed by Barry Enzman. The drill team is directed by Terry Newsome, and the silk squad is directed by Diane Bissell.

The Glenelg High School music department will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg.

The concert will feature the symphonic and jazz bands, orchestra, madrigal singers, men's and women's choirs, a men's barbershop quartet and women's ensemble.

Tickets are $5.

Information: 410-442-2598 or 410-313-5528.

Rabies clinic

The Howard County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarksville Fire Department, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville.

For $4 -- you must have exact change -- cats, dogs and ferrets will be vaccinated against rabies.

In Maryland, it's the law to have all dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated a year after their first vaccination and every three years thereafter.

Rabies is a dangerous disease that can affect people as well as animals.

Pets must be at least 3 months old, owners must bring written proof of their pets' last vaccination, and animals must be restrained -- dogs on leases, and cats and ferrets in cages.

Park in the park-and-ride lot and proceed down the rear access ramp to the clinic site.

Information: 410-313-1773.

Carnival of Animals

The Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus and Chamber Singers, The Peabody Children's Chorus and the Carnival Chamber Orchestra will perform "A Choral Carnival of Animals" at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in the Jim Rouse Theater, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Barbara Cornell of Woodbine, Julie Hudson of Dayton and Larry LaGuardia of West Friendship will be among the performers.

Advance tickets are $13 to $15; at the door, $15 to $17.

Information: 410-465-5744 or 410-799-9321.

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