Dr. James F. Dunlay, 45 family practitioner Dr. James...

May 27, 2001

Dr. James F. Dunlay, 45 family practitioner

Dr. James F. Dunlay, a family practitioner and a teaching assistant at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Tuesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care after a 16-month battle with brain cancer. He was 45.

A resident of Columbia since 1987, Dr. Dunlay was a frequent volunteer at two private schools, Roland Park Country School and the Friends School. His daughter, Claire Helene, 11, is a Roland Park pupil and his son, Christopher James, 8, attends Friends.

"The teachers said he was the dad who was always there," said his wife, Mary Ann Lesniak Dunlay. "No matter how busy his practice was, he never missed a school play or a parent activity at school. ... When they needed a dad to help out, Jim would do whatever needed to be done."

A native of Albany, N.Y., Dr. Dunlay attended the State University of New York at Albany. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society, and graduated with honors in 1977.

Dr. Dunlay earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1981. While at Hopkins, he fell in love with the Baltimore area - and with a friend and classmate from his college days, Mary Ann Lesniak, who was enrolled in a master's degree program at the university's School of Public Health.

The two began dating in 1978 and were married in 1984.

After a residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and three years practicing medicine in Houston, Dr. Dunlay joined a large medical practice in Woodlawn in 1987 so that his family could return to Maryland.

He was also a teaching assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he taught a clinical skills course.

Several of the interns and residents who cared for Dr. Dunlay during his cancer treatment at Hopkins were his former students, his wife said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his parents, Joseph and Constance Dunlay of Albany, N.Y.

Donations may be made to the Dr. James Dunlay Research Fund at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, 550 North Broadway, Suite 801, Baltimore 21205.

George F. "Mickey" Stidman, 87, engraver at The Sun

George F. "Mickey" Stidman, who worked as an engraver at The Sun for 54 years, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital of kidney failure. He was 87.

A Baltimore native, he graduated from Forest Park High School and went to work at the Sunpapers shortly thereafter.

During World War II, Mr. Stidman served as a military policeman at various New England Army bases.

Soon after he was discharged from the Army, he married Kathryn E. Grimes of Baltimore. The couple lived in Perry Hall for 31 years.

Mr. Stidman was a tropical fish collector, a cactus grower and an admirer of antique trains. He retired from The Sun in the mid-1980s.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home, 8251 Loch Raven Blvd. in Towson.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a cousin, Frank Reindollar of Baltimore.

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