Dr. Vincent Fitzpatrick Jr., 85, obstetrician

March 11, 2006|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER

Dr. Vincent dePaul Fitzpatrick Jr,, a well-known Baltimore obstetrician and gynecologist, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The former longtime Homeland resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised on University Parkway in Oakenshawe, Dr. Fitzpatrick was a 1938 graduate of Loyola High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1942 from Loyola College and his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1945.

Dr. Fitzpatrick served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps from 1946 to 1947, and completed a medical residency at the old St. Joseph Hospital on Caroline Street in 1948. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology from what is now Mercy Medical Center in 1951.

Dr. Fitzpatrick began his practice in 1951 in an office on St. Paul and Biddle streets and later opened a second office on Meridene Drive. In 1974, he combined both offices at East Northern Parkway Professional Center, and in 1987 moved to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he remained until retiring in 1999.

He was head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph Medical Center from 1987 to 1993. Earlier, he had served as president of the medical staff at Mercy Medical Center from 1975 to 1976.

"He was a wonderful, wonderful physician, human being and gentleman. He was so kind to so many, and it rubbed off on our people," said Sister Elizabeth Anne Corcoran, Mercy's former vice president of nursing. "He was so very loyal to Mercy and our people, who loved him as much as I did."

"His decision to become a physician was part of his Jesuit education by being, as they say, `a man for others,' and that's how he lived his life," said a son, Dr. J. Lawrence Fitzpatrick, a Baltimore surgeon and Towson resident.

Dr. Fitzpatrick, who delivered an estimated 5,000 babies during his 48-year career, delivered his last in 1988.

"He spent a lot of Christmas Eves and Christmases at the hospital," said Mary Ann Hubbard, his secretary of 40 years.

"I retired when he retired," she said.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as team physician at Calvert Hall College High School from 1969 to 1972; and at Loyola High School from 1972 to 1984.

He had been chairman of Seminars on Sports Safety for High School Coaches in the late 1970s, served as chairman of the Mayor's Seminar on Safety for Joggers and Runners in 1979, and co-chairman of the Baltimore Fitness Fair in 1980.

During the 1970s, he had been appointed a member of the state Advisory Committee on Prenatal Care and had served as chairman of the state Advisory Committee on Obstetrical Care.

A deeply religious man, Dr. Fitzpatrick was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, and was a member of the Knights of Malta.

From 1953 until the 1990s, when the Radio Mass that was offered in the chapel at Mercy Medical Center moved to St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as lector.

"If he wasn't serving as lector, he'd still come every Sunday. He was so devoted to it," Sister Elizabeth Anne said.

Dr. Fitzpatrick was married for 44 years to the former Margaret J. Schanberger, who died in 1993.

He was a longtime resident of Broxton Road before moving to Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium in 2002.

Dr. Fitzpatrick enjoyed watching sports and attending his grandchildren's games.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St.

Also surviving are another son, Vincent dePaul Fitzpatrick III of Loch Raven; a brother, John G. Fitzpatrick of Homeland; and five grandsons.

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