Dr. Richard L. Wright, 52, psychiatrist

December 04, 2003

Dr. Richard Lee Wright, a psychiatrist on the staff of several area hospitals, died Nov. 27 at Sinai Hospital of an apparent heart attack. The Roland Park resident was 52.

Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dr. Wright earned his bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Iowa, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He moved to Baltimore in 1977 and lived in Rodgers Forge. He completed his residency at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, where he practiced for four years. Dr. Wright also studied at the Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

At his death, he was director of inpatient psychiatry at Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital Center and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. He was also a member of the Emergency Psychiatric Association and did extensive emergency room consultation at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center and Northwest Hospital Center.

Friends said he enjoyed entertaining by preparing gourmet meals. He also enjoyed fishing and listening to music.

Services are private.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, the former Nancy Lee Gross; a son, Christopher Wright, and two daughters, Laura Wright and Jennifer Wright, all of Baltimore; his parents, Richard and Bonnie Wright of Walnut Creek, Calif.; a brother, Donn Wright of Livermore, Calif.; and a sister, Pam Staley of Healdsburg, Calif.

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