Thomas M. Stevenson Jr., 79, medical illustrator

February 11, 2002

Thomas M. Stevenson Jr., 79, medical illustrator

Thomas M. Stevenson Jr., a retired medical illustrator and history enthusiast, died Friday at his Parkville home after a long illness. He was 79.

Mr. Stevenson retired as director of the department of illustrative services at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1983. He illustrated several medical textbooks, journal articles and technical exhibits. He created technical drawings of a hyperbaric operating chamber designed by Dr. R Adams Cowley of the University of Maryland, and his illustrations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation were published by the American Heart Association.

Mr. Stevenson was born in Georgia, the son of a Presbyterian minister, and raised in Augusta County, Va. He graduated from Craigsville High School in 1939 and joined the Navy in 1941. He was a radarman on the destroyer USS Anderson and took part in 10 Pacific battles during World War II, including Guadalcanal, Coral Sea and Midway. He received 10 service awards.

He observed the first Bikini atoll atomic bomb test in 1946.

After retiring from the Navy in 1946, Mr. Stevenson studied commercial art at the National Art School in Washington and the Maryland Art Institute. He studied medical illustration at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He was a past member of the American Biological Photography Association, the Art Directors Club of Baltimore and the Association of American Medical Illustrators.

He had a keen interest in American military history and belonged to the Baltimore Civil War Round Table, the Sons of Civil War Veterans and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr. Stevenson was a member of Loch Raven Presbyterian Church, where he served several terms on the board of trustees. He was also a member of Parkville American Legion Post No. 183.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church, 9318 Old Harford Road. Burial will follow at Parkwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Joanne Mathias Stevenson; two daughters, Lesley Stevenson Crane of New Freedom, Pa., and Tara Stevenson McEvoy of Baltimore; two sons, William S. Love of Hawaii and Robert M. Love of Baltimore; a brother, Dr. Edward W. Stevenson of Birmingham, Ala.; and eight grandchildren.


Walter S. Orlinsky: Services for Walter S. Orlinsky, former Baltimore City Council president and state delegate, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Mr. Orlinsky, who was 63, died Saturday of colon cancer.

His family suggested memorial donations to Victorine Q. Adams Fuel Fund Inc., P.O. Box 1896, Baltimore 21203.

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