John F. Eyring Jr., 74, physician

September 26, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Dr. John F. Eyring Jr. a retired Baltimore obstetrician and gynecologist, died of heart failure Sept. 19 at his Guilford home. He was 74.

Dr. Eyring was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was the son of John F. Eyring Sr., a noted Baltimore architect, and grandson of Edward Eyring, a German immigrant and builder who established the family firm of Eyring and Sons in Baltimore in 1887.

He was a 1949 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree in 1953 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

He graduated in 1958 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed an internship at the University of Rochester's Strong Hospital and a residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Eyring went into private practice in 1964 and had offices in Lutherville, Dundalk and Guilford. He retired in 1985.

"He was always enthusiastic about delivering good care to patients," said Dr. Theodore A. Baramki, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Hopkins medical school.

"He was a wonderful person and had one of the largest OB-GYN practices in the area. His patients just adored him," said Dr. Marcio M. Menendez, a retired Baltimore physician. "We had lots of patients in common, and they were always raving about him."

Dr. Menendez described him as "a very friendly and unassuming man."

"He figured he delivered a baby a week and during his career delivered well over a thousand babies," said his daughter Lyn Eyring Frankel of Cockeysville.

Dr. Eyring was a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

For years, he was the team physician for the Gilman School football and lacrosse teams.

A lifelong sports fan, Dr. Eyring followed Baltimore-area professional teams. He also enjoyed working out and swimming daily, either at Loyola College or the Johns Hopkins University.

"He was an avid walker and could often be seen strolling through Sherwood Gardens or on the paths that go through Roland Park. He also liked to walk to Gilman to see sporting events," said his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Jeanne Callis.

Private services were held Saturday.

Also surviving are three sons, Jef F. Eyring of Guilford, Richard C. Eyring of Orange Beach, Ala., and Douglas A. Eyring of Dallas; two other daughters, Shaun Eyring of Philadelphia and Teresa Eyring of Minneapolis; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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