Dr. Donald Tiemeyer Frey, 88, longtime Towson dentist


Dr. Donald Tiemeyer Frey, a retired Towson dentist who enjoyed waterfowl hunting, died of heart and lung failure Thursday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. The Homeland resident was 88.

Dr. Frey was born and raised in Catonsville and graduated in 1934 from Catonsville High School. He attended the Johns Hopkins University for a year before entering the University of Maryland Dental School, from which he graduated in 1941.

He joined the U.S. Public Health Service that year. After a two-year internship at the old U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Wyman Park, he was assigned as a dentist at the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay. He concluded his service with the rank of lieutenant at Mayport, Fla., in 1946.

He began practicing dentistry in the Aero Acres neighborhood of Middle River in 1946 and later moved to the Professional Building in the Northwood Shopping Center. In the 1960s, he relocated to the Hampton House Apartments on East Joppa Road in Towson, where he practiced until retiring in 1998.

"Don was well-thought-of as a dentist and had a very nice practice. While he had a general practice, he was also a qualified dental surgeon and could make crowns and bridges," said Dr. Stuart R. Londeree, a longtime friend who is also a dentist. "And he was well-liked by his patients and a real gentleman."

"He exemplified a man who truly loved his work and loved the interaction with people that it afforded him, and never turned away anyone who needed dental care," said daughter Carol F. Clark of Baltimore.

Dr. Frey lived for 25 years on Roundhill Road in the city's Original Northwood section. His garden, filled with camellia bushes, flowering azaleas and other shrubs, won many awards from the Northwood Garden Club. He moved to the Homeland neighborhood in 1977.

Dr. Frey was a member and past president of the Wiltondale Gun Club, and a member of the Algerine Hunting Club in Parkerburg, Pa., where he hunted deer.

He was a member of Fox Island Inc., a group of about 25 doctors and businessmen who owned Great Fox Island, a 500-acre marshland in between Pocomoke Sound and Tangier Sound on the lower Eastern Shore. In 1976, they gave the island and its 12-room hunting lodge to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

"We did a lot of duck and wild turkey hunting together and had many a good time," Dr. Londeree said.

"Those trips out to Fox Island with Don were always interesting, and took 40 minutes by boat from Crisfield," said Shirley K. Alger, a retired federal government computer systems analyst and hunter. "He liked to use a Browning automatic or a Winchester Model 12, and was a pretty good shot."

He also had been a member of the Gibson Island Club and Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, and enjoyed sailing three sloops he had owned and named Fang.

He was a founding member of the Grachur Club on the Magothy River and was a member of the St. George's Society and former member of the Baltimore Country Club.

His wife of 51 years, the former Helen V. Harrison. died in 1993. His wife of four years, the former Kathleen Hart, died in 1998.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., where Dr. Frey had been an elder, trustee, deacon and served as head usher for 40 years.

Also surviving are another daughter, Elaine H. Hester of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; a brother, Robert B. Frey of Catonsville; a sister, Rita F. Berry of Catonsville; and two grandchildren.


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