Dr. John Nesbitt Jr.

[ Age 92 ] Longtime Catonsville physician

December 24, 2006

Dr. John Allison Nesbitt Jr., who had a longtime private medical practice in Catonsville, died Wednesday of pneumonia in his Catonsville apartment. He was 92.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Dr. Nesbitt was born in Catonsville and graduated from West Nottingham Academy in Rising Sun. He attended Princeton University, where he prepared for a career in the ministry, graduating in 1936.

After being hospitalized with appendicitis at Union Memorial Hospital in his junior year of college, he decided that he wanted to become a physician and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1940. He was chief medical resident at Union Memorial Hospital, where he completed his training. He also served two years in the Army Medical Corps.

In 1943, he married Eugenia Cameron McClung, a graduate of the Hopkins School of Nursing who worked as a pediatric nurse at Union Memorial. Mrs. Nesbitt died in January.

"One thing he was known for was his cheery disposition," said a son, Dr. John A. Nesbitt III of Baltimore. "His nickname was `Sunshine.' He was known for whistling when he went around the hospital. The nurses would always know when he was coming."

Dr. Nesbitt had a private practice for 38 years until his retirement in 1985. Upon his retirement, his patients arranged for the dedication of a family conference room in his honor at Union Memorial, with which he maintained a close relationship throughout his life.

Dr. Nesbitt loved to garden and also enjoyed reading aloud to family members during gatherings on the Chesapeake Bay north of Gibson Island.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road.

In addition to his son, he is survived by two other sons, James Alexander Nesbitt of Catonsville and Hunter McClung Nesbitt of Rumbley; a daughter, Eugenia Cameron Nesbitt Masland of Westin, Mass.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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