Dr. Wilmer K. Gallagher, 71, internist

April 15, 2006

Dr. Wilmer K. Gallagher, a retired internist and avid canoeist, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday at Howard County General Hospital. The longtime Ellicott City resident was 71.

Dr. Gallagher was born in West Chester, Pa., and moved with his family to Irvington and later Ten Hills. He was a 1951 graduate of Friends School and earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1955.

After earning his medical degree in 1959 from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He served in the Army Medical Corps from 1962 to 1964, and afterward was chief resident at St. Agnes Hospital.

In 1965, he established a private practice in internal medicine in Catonsville, and later moved to an office on Wilkens Avenue near St. Agnes, where he saw patients until retiring in 1996.

In addition to his practice, he had been medical director of Montgomery Ward's Eastern Region from 1967 to 1981, and was a medical consultant for the Social Security Administration's disability office from 1971 until stepping down in 2003.

Dr. Gallagher was a member of the American Medical Association and had been president of the Baltimore County Medical Association in 1970. He was a former president of the Maryland Society of Internal Medicine and the Howard County Medical Association.

He was also a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, American College of Physicians and the American Occupational Medical Association.

Dr. Gallager enjoyed exploring rivers by canoe and kayak with his wife of 47 years, the former Ann Louise Dodson.

"We went to the Yukon, Canada and Maine, and locally canoed and kayaked in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware," Mrs. Gallagher said yesterday.

He was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.

Services are private.

Also surviving are a son, Kenneth R. Gallagher of Concord, N.H.; two daughters, Elizabeth G. Kennick of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Julie A. Gallagher of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Dr. Laurence Gallagher of Ellicott City; and three grandchildren.

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