Dr. Julius H. Goodman, 95, surgeon

March 07, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Dr. Julius H. Goodman, a retired physician and surgeon who maintained a family practice in Highlandtown for more than 40 years, died in his sleep Sunday at his Pikesville home. He was 95.

Dr. Goodman, whose office was in a brownstone at Baltimore Street and Highland Avenue, was a familiar figure in Highlandtown, where he was available to patients day and night.

He'd walk to house calls near his office carrying his black medical bag or drive to the home of a sick patient in a dark Buick sedan, family members said.

"He was one of the medical pillars of Highlandtown," said his son, Dr. Jay S. Goodman of Towson, a retired Baltimore internist. "As a solo practitioner, he was in the trenches taking care of 40 patients a day, and then he'd go and do surgery. He operated on a nonappointment basis, and his waiting room was always jammed with old folks, screaming babies, people with casts on their limbs and those needing medical advice.

"Medicine was his life. His patients always appreciated his availability and his compassionate care, which he delivered with a sense of humor," he said.

Dr. Goodman opened his practice during the Great Depression, and often accepted hams, pies or a jar of homemade pickles in lieu of payment.

Called "Goody" by friends and patients - because he neither smoked nor drank - Dr. Goodman was a handsome man with a full head of hair, ruddy complexion and a carefully trimmed mustache.

Aaron C. Sollod, a retired internist and friend of many years, said, "Goody had an excellent reputation, was intelligent and a very capable practicing physician. The only other love he had in his life outside of his wife was medicine and surgery."

After retiring in 1976 and giving his practice to a young physician from Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center, he began volunteering at the hospital and eventually headed Mercy's Little Italy Health Center. He retired a second time in 1985 after undergoing heart bypass surgery.

"When we opened our clinic in Little Italy, many of his former patients from East Baltimore followed him there. He was a man of high principles, and we couldn't have had anyone better," said Sister Mary Thomas Zinkand, R.S.M., president emeritus of Mercy Medical Center.

The Rev. Bernard A. Suppe, S.J., Mercy Medical Center chaplain, recalled a friendly man who walked the hospital greeting people with a wide smile.

"He was the epitome of the cultured and gracious physician. He was down-to-earth, authentic and genuine. He was always carrying his little black bag and would stop and say, `Shalom.' I'm sure people get sick in heaven, and Goody is there helping out with his little black bag," said Father Suppe.

Born to Lithuanian immigrants in Philadelphia, he moved with his family to Charles Village.

He was a 1922 City College graduate and earned his pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland Pharmacy School in 1926. Working as a pharmacist to pay for his medical studies, he graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1930. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at Mercy Hospital.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and worked in a military hospital in England. He was discharged with the rank of captain in 1945.

He enjoyed playing gin rummy and was an accomplished bridge player.

Dr. Goodman was a member of Har Sinai Congregation.

In 1933, he married Mary Ansell, who died in 1994.

Services were held Tuesday.

In addition to his son, Dr. Goodman is survived by a sister, Eleanor Miller of Silver Spring; two grandchildren; and his companion, Betty Artis of Baltimore.

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