Dr. Howard A. Blank, 64, podiatrist and volunteer

September 21, 2005

Dr. Howard A. Blank, a retired podiatrist and volunteer, died of a stroke Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Woodstock resident was 64.

Dr. Blank was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore. He was a 1959 graduate of Forest Park High School.

He attended the University of Maryland, College Park before enrolling at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, earning a degree in podiatric medicine in 1968.

Dr. Blank practiced in Cleveland and later in Richmond, Va., before retiring and returning to Baltimore in 1985. He worked as a salesman in the late 1980s for Blank's, a Baltimore fabric store that had been established by his father.

He volunteered at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. A bird lover, he was also a docent in the raptor garden at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Since 2003, he had been a volunteer with the Baltimore-based Dyslexia Tutoring Program, which provides free tutoring to low-income adults and children.

"He was a sensitive and conscientious gentleman," said Pat Brain, a tutor support coordinator there.

Dr. Blank enjoyed singing barbershop music and was a member of the Patapsco Chapter of Heart of Maryland Chorus. He liked collecting exotic fish and constructed a large pond in the yard of his home at 2710 Melrose Ave. in Woodstock, where a memorial gathering will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dr. Blank is survived by his wife of 17 years, Linda Durey; a son, Jeremy Blank of San Francisco; a daughter, Reva Douglas of Blacksburg, Va.; two brothers, Stuart Blank of Ocean Pines and Gordon Blank of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and three grandsons. Another son, Jordan Blank, died.

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