Dr. Samuel J. Hankin, 99, avid athlete and longtime physician, medical teacher

May 19, 2002|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

Dr. Samuel J. Hankin, a retired physician and avid athlete, died Thursday of pneumonia at Milford Manor Nursing Home in Pikesville. He was 99.

Dr. Hankin was born on High Street in East Baltimore. He moved later with his family to a farm at Pimlico Road and Quantico Avenue. After graduating from City College about 1920, he studied medicine at the University of Maryland.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Hankin opened a practice in 1928 on Gwynns Falls Parkway. He also had offices over the years on Eutaw Place and in Dundalk.

"He was an old-fashioned doctor; he used to make house calls," said his son, Robert Hankin of Baltimore. "He knew something about everyone who was his patient."

Dr. Hankin served in the Navy and was stationed during World War II at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He retired a lieutenant commander in 1945.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and resumed his practice. He also taught diagnostics and cardiology courses for many years at the University of Maryland, Robert Hankin said, adding that he recalled accompanying his father on rounds at hospital clinics in the city when he was a child.

Dr. Hankin retired from practice about 20 years ago, but stayed in close touch with the medical profession. "He was an intellectual and loved to go to clinical conferences at Johns Hopkins," his son said. He also enjoyed driving around the city and watching the progress of construction projects.

He played every sport "except football and lacrosse," Robert Hankin said, and played bridge socially. Fishing was a favorite pastime, and during a trip to Southern California he caught a marlin off the coast of Mexico, his son said.

Dr. Hankin took his family on regular camping trips to Western Maryland, as well as visits to Ocean City. He also traveled to Europe and took a banana boat cruise to Central America.

Dr. Hankin and his first wife, Marian Salzman, were married for 61 years. She died in 1989. His second wife, Ellen Berman, died after eight years of marriage in 1999.

He was a member for many years of Har Sinai Congregation on Park Heights Avenue.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Hebrew Friendship Cemetery, 3600 E. Baltimore St.

In addition to his son, Dr. Hankin is survived by a daughter, Barbara Rubin of Baltimore; a brother, David Hankin of Linden, N.J.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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