Dr. William Dunseath Sr., 77, chief of dermatology

May 11, 2000|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. William J. R. Dunseath Sr., who was chief of dermatology at the old St. Joseph Hospital in Towson for 33 years, died Saturday of cardiac arrest at his Homeland residence. He was 77.

Before retiring in 1996, Dr. Dunseath also maintained a private practice in the St. Joseph Professional Building for many years. He was a former member of the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

His professional memberships included the Lister Society, the Splint Club, the Rush Medical Club and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. He was a former member of the Medical and Surgical Club and the Southern Medical Society.

He was a past president of the University of Maryland Medical School Alumni and was a member emeritus of the Trustees of the Endowment Fund of the University of Maryland.

He also had been involved in the 1979 restoration of Davidge Hall, at Lombard and Greene streets, the nation's oldest medical school building. The historic domed structure was designed by noted architect Robert Cary Long Sr.

Born and raised in Audubon, N.J., Dr. Dunseath was a graduate of Burris Preparatory School. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Naval Academy in 1946 and served aboard a minesweeper during the waning days of World War II in the Pacific theater.

In 1948, he graduated from flight school and flew aircraft in Korea during the war there. He taught flying to midshipmen at the Naval Academy during the 1950s and was discharged from the Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He changed careers and earned a medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1959. He completed an internship at Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, and his residency at University Hospital, now University of Maryland Medical Center.

He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Tunkhannock Creek Association Trout Fishing Club in Pennsylvania.

He also was a member of the St. Andrews Society, the St. George's Society and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife, the former Suzanne Fallon, whom he married in 1946; a son, W. J. Ross Dunseath Jr. of Silver City, N.M.; two daughters, Sherry Dunseath Welch of Chesapeake, Va., and Suzanne D. Bohn of Chanhassen, Minn.; a sister, Marjorie D. Shanahan of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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