Michael P. McCarthy, 67, historian of urban issues

July 08, 2005

Dr. Michael P. McCarthy, a historian who studied urban issues, died of a heart attack Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 67.

Born in Rye, N.Y., he earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University. He had a doctorate in history from Northwestern University.

Before joining the University of Baltimore faculty in 1991, he taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Pennsylvania and at Gwynedd-Mercy College in suburban Philadelphia. He retired from the University of Baltimore two years ago.

He wrote the book Typhoid and the Politics of Public Health in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia, published by the American Philosophical Society in 1987, and was the co-author of the 2002 work The Living City: Baltimore's Charles Center and Inner Harbor Development, published by the Maryland Historical Society.

Dr. McCarthy also wrote scholarly articles, a number of which appeared in the Maryland Historical Magazine.

He was active in the Princeton Alumni Association and interviewed high school students seeking admission to the school.

A swimmer, Dr. McCarthy also enjoyed cooking, reading, travel, art and music.

A Mass was offered yesterday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Dr. Carol Goepfert McCarthy; two daughters, Dr. Claire McCarthy of Melrose, Mass., and Dr. Catherine McCarthy of Miami; a brother, John McCarthy of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Molly Brueger of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Nora Archibald of Rumson, N.J.; and four grandchildren.

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