Dr. Marion M. Friedman, 82, family practitioner

May 04, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Dr. Marion M. Friedman, a retired family practitioner in Hamilton, died Tuesday of undetermined causes at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 82 and lived in Pikesville.

Recalled as an old-fashioned doctor who made house calls to elderly patients, Dr. Friedman practiced medicine from a North Avenue rowhouse and from one on Harford Road from 1949 to 1984, when he retired.

He was affiliated with the former Doctors Hospital -- later North Charles General -- in Charles Village, where he was on the board, was chairman of the family practice department and was associate chief of the department of medicine. He also ran the hospital's outpatient department.

"He was a consummate gentleman and sensitive guy," said Esther Rae Barr, executive director of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians. "He would put his feelings out of his way to accommodate others. He had a sense of the public good -- he would say that a smoker has the right to smoke, but not blow smoke in another person's face."

Ms. Barr said Dr. Friedman possessed "excellent listening skills, a reassuring sense and was quick on his feet." She called him a humble man.

Dr. Friedman frequently wrote letters to The Sun. In a June 25, 2000, letter, he complained about for-profit health maintenance organizations being "foisted on our society."

"As long as these HMOs could cherry-pick enrollees, taking only those least likely to require medical care (such as younger workers), they were hailed as the answer to our health-care cost dilemma," he wrote.

"As a person, he was never judgmental and had a gift of listening to people," said his daughter-in-law, Marsha Lee Friedman of Stevenson.

Born in Olney, Va., Dr. Friedman received a degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1936. In 1938, he earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1942.

He served in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1942 to 1949 and completed his internship and residency at the Marine Hospital in Norfolk, Va. He had a medical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

In 1970, he became a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice. For 50 years, he had been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

He was named president of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians in 1983 and had served as historian and editor of Maryland Family Doctor for the past 15 years.

From 1998 to last year, he was editor of Maryland Medical Journal. He was also a 50-year member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

A music lover, Dr. Friedman attended Baltimore Opera Company performances for many years.

He also collected coins and stamps and spent weekends gardening and doing masonry and carpentry.

In 1941, he married Esther Lerner, who survives him.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

He also is survived by a son, Dr. Barry H. Friedman of Stevenson; a sister, Nadine Dickstein of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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