Dr. John F. Ullsperger, 86, obstetrician, flight surgeon

December 20, 2005

Dr. John F. Ullsperger, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, died of cancer Thursday at his Timonium home. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park, he attended St. James the Less Parochial School and was a 1937 Loyola High School graduate. During World War II he was an Army Air Corps flight surgeon and served in the Philippines.

He earned a medical degree from the University of Maryland and practiced at St. Joseph and Mercy medical centers. In his career, until his 1987 retirement, Dr. Ullsperger delivered several thousand babies, family members said.

"He was a caring doctor, respected by all his colleagues," said Dr. Robert Mahon, a friend who is retired executive vice president of St. Joseph Medical Center.

In retirement, Dr. Ullsperger did volunteer work for the Baltimore County Health Department. A member of the Knights of Columbus, he also enjoyed gardening and working at his Choptank River farm near Cambridge.

A Mass was offered yesterday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, where he was a member.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Boyd Ullsperger of Parkton and Kurt Thomas Ullsperger of Jacksonville; two daughters, Anne Jeanne Ullsperger of Parkville and Suzanne Patricia Ullsperger of Cockeysville; and two granddaughters. A son, John Francis Ullsperger Jr., died in 1991.

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