Dr. Hubert Manuzak, 85, Arundel physician

September 19, 2002|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Dr. Hubert F. Manuzak, a physician who provided medical care to Glen Burnie families for nearly 35 years, died of prostate cancer Saturday at Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. He was 85.

Together with three other physicians, the Glen Burnie resident established Arundel Medical Group in 1953, one of the first group medical practices in the area. It predated the 1965 opening of North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie, and as a result, Dr. Manuzak and other area physicians worked long hours to meet the needs of their patients.

"He was real enthusiastic," said Dr. Hilary O'Herlihy, a cardiologist who met Dr. Manuzak when he began practicing in Glen Burnie in 1960. "He was always willing to discuss medical problems."

Dr. Manuzak was born in Philadelphia and earned his undergraduate degree in 1938 from Temple University. He earned his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in 1942.

During World War II, Dr. Manuzak served as an associate medical officer at the Quartermaster Depot in Philadelphia. During the Korean War, he was a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and worked as chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at St. Alban's Naval Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. He retired as a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve.

Dr. Manuzak met his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Anna Poliski, when he was in medical school and she was in nursing school. Their son, Michael Manuzak of Pasadena, said his father enjoyed telling how he saved money earned by giving blood to buy her engagement ring. His wife died in 1997.

He was a member of the American, state and Anne Arundel County medical societies, and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He retired from his medical practice in 1987.

In 1989, he published a memoir of his life, Manuzak: The Life Story of a Family Physician.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his son, survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Spak of Pasadena; another son, Robert Manuzak of Kailua, Hawaii; two sisters, Eleanor Ernst and Helen Maynes, and a brother, Raymond Manuszak, all of Philadelphia; and nine grandchildren.

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