Dr. David Tapper, 57, pediatric surgeon

July 29, 2002

Dr. David Tapper, a Baltimore-born pediatric surgeon, died of kidney cancer Tuesday at his home in Mercer Island, Wash. He was 57 and lived in Northwest Baltimore until 1970.

For 18 years, Tapper was surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. He was also professor and vice chairman of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

He specialized in children's kidney transplants and treating tumors.

Tapper was raised on Yosemite Avenue and graduated in 1963 from City College, where he served as class treasurer.

He earned a degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1966 and received a medical degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He taught at the Harvard University Medical School from 1979 to 1983 and was attending surgeon at Boston Children's Hospital.

Tapper was also a former president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Plans for a memorial service in the Baltimore area were incomplete.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susan Wagner Tapper; a son, Aaron Tapper of Stockton, Calif.; three daughters, JoEllen Tapper and Erica Tapper, both of Seattle, and Jacalyn Tapper of Los Angeles. He is also survived by his mother, Sylvia Tapper of Baltimore; a brother, Jeffrey Tapper, and a sister, Martha Benesch, both of Owings Mills.

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