Bohumil F. Beran, 63, Czech-born psychiatrist

February 01, 2004

Dr. Bohumil Frantisek Beran, a Czech-born psychiatrist who went from a refugee camp to Yale University, died of a heart attack Jan. 25 at a friend's home in Reisterstown. He was 63.

Dr. Beran, known to patients and friends as B.F., practiced psychiatry in Baltimore for 32 years. His main office was in Park Heights.

"He worked with clients that no one else would have," said his son, Jason Beran of Reisterstown. "He would see people with no insurance, no money and nowhere else to go."

Born in the small Bohemian town of Dobris, he received his medical education in Prague and worked briefly for the government's psychiatric service before escaping his Communist-controlled homeland in 1965. He was working in an Italian psychiatric hospital and living in a refugee camp when a charitable organization helped him get a visa to the United States and an internship at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in 1966.

The next year, Dr. Beran was offered a psychiatric fellowship at Yale Medical School. After completing the fellowship in 1970, he helped set up a community mental health center in San Antonio.

Dr. Beran opened his Baltimore practice in 1972. He was a resident of Roland Park and Guilford, and at the time of his death, he was living in Mount Washington.

He spoke eight languages and was a devotee of the performing arts, his son said. He was a member of the Baltimore Theatre Alliance and a regular patron of the Baltimore and Washington operas, and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington.

Dr. Beran had plans to form a small theater company, and had begun auditioning cast members for its first production, Shakespeare's Richard II, his son said.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stony Run Meeting House, 5116 N. CharlesSt.

Other survivors include a son, Dale Alexander Beran of Baltimore; and two daughters, Candace Elizabeth Athena Beran of Chico, Calif., and Sally Diana Beran of Baltimore. His marriages to Donna DeViney Beran Adler of Del Rio, Texas, and Barbara Ann Pasko Beran of Arnold ended in divorce.

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