Two city doctors given Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

November 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two Baltimore physicians have been given the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America in recognition of their contributions to society a quarter-century or more after attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Recipients of the national award are Dr. J. Alex Haller Jr. and Dr. Robert A. Barish.

Haller, 74, a retired pediatric surgeon who specialized in trauma care, was instrumental in the creation of the children's shock trauma center at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1951.

Haller, who lives in Glencoe in northern Baltimore County, received his Eagle Scout badge in 1949, in his native Pulaski, Va.

Barish, 48, who received his Eagle Scout badge in 1970 in his native Mount Vernon, N.Y., specializes in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he is associate dean for clinical affairs.

The Roland Park resident moved to the area in 1985 when he was named director of emergency medicine at the university's medical center in downtown Baltimore. He is a professor in the medical school's surgery department.

He also serves on the executive board of the Scouts' Baltimore Area Council.

Recipients of the award are selected by the National Eagle Scout Association Committee.

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