Elizabeth Harvey

[Age 90] Physician helped introduce generations of doctors to Baltimore

November 11, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter

Dr. Elizabeth T. Harvey, a physician who established a nursery school at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died in her sleep Thursday at her summer home in Cooperstown, N.Y. The former Guilford resident was 90.

She was born Elizabeth Treide and raised in Baltimore, and was a 1934 graduate of the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Vassar College in 1938, and her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1943.

Dr. Harvey worked in Hopkins Hospital's Moore Clinic for several years and was the founder in the late 1940s of the Washington Street Nursery School at the hospital for children of physicians who were completing their residencies.

Dr. Harvey raised the funds for the purchase of the school's facility and hired teachers to teach and play with faculty children.

She was married in 1941 to Dr. Abner McGhee Harvey, an internationally known physician and educator who was chief of medicine at Hopkins for 27 years. He died in 1998.

"It's fair to say that many of us who came to Hopkins to train, teach and work with Mac Harvey might not have stayed as long as we did were it not for `E,' as we all came to call her," said Dr. Richard S. Ross, dean emeritus of the Hopkins School of Medicine.

"She was, for us and for faculty wives, our bridge to Baltimore, a very warm and caring, friendly person who was not only a central part of Baltimore life but devoted to helping us become a part of it, too. Baltimore could be a daunting place for newcomers in those days, and she made us welcome," Dr. Ross said.

Dr. Harvey was known for opening her home to Hopkins medical students. She and her husband served Osler Punch, named for Sir William Osler, the first chief physician at Hopkins.

At Hopkins, she also counseled parents of children who were undergoing the "blue baby" operation, a pioneering heart procedure.

"She was a miracle worker when it came to working with kids. She could get down to their level," said a daughter, Dr. Jenette Harvey Wheeler, a physician who lives in Ardmore, Pa. "Everyone just loved her."

She had been a member of the Garrett Committee for Female Medical Students at Hopkins and was a former president of the Vassar Club of Maryland. She was a former trustee of Calvert School and had served on the board of the Mount Vernon Club.

Dr. Harvey was an avid golfer and gardener, and was a former president of the Guilford Garden Club.

Since 2003, Dr. Harvey had lived at the Quadrangle, a Haverford, Pa., retirement community, and spent summers in Cooperstown.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Also surviving is a son, George T. Harvey of Princeton, N.J.; two other daughters, Elizabeth Baker Harvey of New York City and Dr. Joan Harvey Lotze; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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