Gillis, Jr., M.d., Marion Howard

November 19, 2003

On Monday, November 17, 2003, MARION HOWARD GILLIS, JR., M.D., 90, of Salisbury, died Monday, November 17, 2003 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Born and raised in St. Michaels, Maryland, he was a son of the late Marion Howard Gillis, Sr. and Mary Baynard Gillis. He is survived by four children, George Howard Gillis of Salisbury, Betty Gillis Tomes Hidalgo and her husband, Jerry, of Toledo, Ohio, Joan Gillis Robbins and Ann Gillis Tyndall and her husband, Glenn, all of Salisbury; six grandchildren, Russell Tomes of Dallas, Texas, Scott Tomes of Lincoln, Nebraska, Christopher Robbins, Matthew Robbins, Jackson Tyndall and Meg Tyndall all of Salisbury and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Marguerite Gillis in 1997, a daughter, Marguerite Gillis in 1955, a brother, Lee Gillis and a sister, Lillian Gillis Mowbray. He and Marguerite loved nothing more than entertaining in their home at the shore and aboard their boat, "Tequasino." He was an avid boater, having taken every navigational course offered by the Power Squadron. He loved music, having played violin and cornet; was an avid stamp and coin collector; sang in church choirs since childhood. He was an ophthalmologist with a practice in Salisbury and Cambridge. He graduated from St. Michaels High School. In 1936, at the age of 23, he graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School. He served a residency at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore and a residency at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Institute in New York City. He began practicing medicine in 1940 and retired in the late 1980's. He was a US Army WWII veteran serving from 1942 to 1945 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was in the 142nd General Hospital unit. As with many others in the unit, he eventually went around the world, from Baltimore with stops at San Francisco, New Zealand, Fiji, Bombay, Calcutta, Casablanca, Bermuda, Miami and back to Baltimore. He was in the Fiji Island for 28 months; he took care of casualties from the battle of Guadalcanal and on one occasion, treated 120 eye cases in one night. He was a life member of the Salisbury Power Squadron since 1952, with 34 merit marks. He was past commander of both Salisbury and Cambridge Power Squadrons. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years. Has been a member of Asbury United Methodist Church since 1940 where he sang in the Chancel Choir and also served on many committees. Other memberships include the Salisbury Kiwanis Club and the Wicomico County Medical Society. He was an alumni of the University of Maryland Medical School. At the age of 86, he began taking advanced math courses at Salisbury University, making him their oldest student. Betty and George and their families desire the opportunity to greet the community and friends at a Visitation Wednesday evening at Holloway Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The entire family will be available Thursday morning to visit with friends and family in the church parlor at Asbury United Methodist Church from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM., where the funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Glenn Catley will officiate. Interment will be in Wicomico Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1400 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, Maryland 21801. Arrangements are being handled by Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.regionalobits.com/holloway

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