Latimer Gorsuch Young, 81, respected pediatrician

January 17, 2001|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Dr. Latimer Gorsuch Young, a retired pediatrician who made house calls and sometimes accepted fruitcakes as payment, died Thursday of acute respiratory distress syndrome at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 81.

Dr. Young treated thousands of young patients in Baltimore and surrounding areas during a career that spanned almost 40 years.

His daughter, Jean Young Butler of Hydes, recalled waiting for him in the car as he made house calls well into the night.

"He didn't care if they paid him or not," Mrs. Butler said. "We got tons of fruitcakes during the holidays. We always joked that they were the $500 fruitcakes."

In addition to his private practice on York Road, Dr. Young worked as the physician for Baltimore's Friends School before his retirement in 1986.

W. Byron Forbush II, the school's former headmaster, said Dr. Young was a "superb physician."

"He was always available for us," said Mr. Forbush, who added that Dr. Young was also his children's pediatrician. "He was always concerned about the welfare of the children."

Dr. Young grew up in Guilford and graduated from City College in 1936. As a student at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., he was the goalie on the school's first lacrosse team.

After graduating from Washington and Lee in 1940, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and graduated in 1943. It was while seeking out a place to do his residency that he met Lois Wade Elder, the woman who would be his wife.

"My mother worked as a nurse at Union Memorial [Hospital]," Mrs. Butler said. "He saw her and that was it."

"A friend had told him he should go to Union Memorial to see if there were any openings," said Dr. Joseph Hooper, a surgeon at the hospital and longtime friend of Dr. Young's. "He took one look at Lois and immediately wanted to work there."

The couple married in 1948 and lived in the Homeland area of Baltimore for more than 40 years. Friends and neighbors dubbed Mrs. Young "The Bike Lady" because she never drove, choosing instead to ride her bicycle everywhere. She died in 1997.

Well-respected by colleagues and friends, Dr. Young gained a reputation as a conscientious and compassionate physician. He was also known for his avid support of Hopkins' lacrosse team.

Dr. Young - whose son, Tom Young of Reisterstown, is a college lacrosse referee - gave lacrosse sticks to his grandchildren.

Dr. Young was also an avid reader, sailor and tennis player.

Family members said he retired in 1986 to spend more time with his grandchildren.

"You never saw a man more devoted to his family," said Dr. Donald Eney, a friend for almost 50 years.

Funeral services will be private.

In addition to his son and daughter, Dr. Young is also survived by two other daughters, Mary Lois Young of Rochester, N.Y., and Margaret Edith Young of Enosburg Falls, Vt.; and 10 grandchildren.

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