Dr. Ralph Weber, 77, cardiologist, artist

April 12, 2006

Dr. Ralph Weber, a cardiologist who practiced at area hospitals for more than 50 years, died of cancer Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Pikesville resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Park Avenue in Reservoir Hill, he attended the Robert E. Lee Junior High School No. 49 and was a 1945 City College graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and completed his medical education at the Temple University School of Medicine.

After an internship at Sinai Hospital and work at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, N.Y., Dr. Weber returned to Baltimore, where he undertook additional study in heart disease at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He became board-certified in internal medicine and in cardiovascular disease. He had an office on Belvedere Avenue and on Greene Tree Road in Pikesville.

"He treated every patient as part of his own family," said his wife of 46 years, the former Suzon Babitt, a tutor of children with learning problems.

Dr. Weber practiced at the old Lutheran Hospital of Maryland in West Baltimore for more than 18 years. He held the posts of chief of medicine, director of coronary care, chief of cardiology and director of a cardiac laboratory. He also was an instructor at the Hopkins School of Medicine and practiced at a number of hospitals, including Sinai, Northwest and Levindale.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Weber was a frequent lecturer at medical meetings. His publications included a chapter on leg edema in the Saunders Manual of Medical Practice.

He also was a consultant in cardiology for the Social Security Administration for more than 30 years.

A fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, he also received an Associate Commissioner's Citation from the Social Security Administration for "outstanding performance as medical consultant in cardiology."

He was awarded the 1967 Service Recognition Award from the American Heart Association and was twice awarded the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association in 1978 and in 1980.

In his free time, he collected jazz music and was an amateur cartoonist.

Graveside services will be held at noon today at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, Berrymans Lane.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Clifford Kent Weber of Blue Bell, Pa.; two sisters, Donna Dansker of Cincinnati and Helen Miller of Washington, D.C.; and two granddaughters.

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