Dr. George Roveti, 79

Headed coronary unit

January 12, 2007

Dr. George C. Roveti, former chief of the department of medicine and director of the coronary care and progressive care units at the old Church Hospital, died of colon cancer Wednesday at his Cross Keys apartment. He was 79.

Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Dr. Roveti earned his medical degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland in 1952. After completing his residency, he immigrated to Baltimore in 1955.

He was a fellow in cardiovascular disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital for two years, then joined the staff at Church Hospital in 1957. He also was an associate staff member at Hopkins and at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He retired in 1996.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Roveti, an accomplished horseman, raised horses on his Monkton farm. He was a member of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club and the Maryland Combined Training Association, an equestrian organization.

"George had a tremendous artistic sensibility, and he loved nature," said Dr. George G. Udvarhelyi, a cousin and an internationally known Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon. "He took great pride in his horses and riding to the hounds, and built up many, many friendships with fellow equestrians."

Dr. Roveti also enjoyed spending time at a second home in Charmey, Switzerland.

Deeply religious, Dr, Roveti was a frequent visitor to the Carthusian Monastery in Switzerland. He also completed many pilgrimages on foot between Switzerland and Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where he visited the Shrine of St. James. Last year, he completed a pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic shrine in Chimayo, N.M., family members said.

He also liked attending the opera and the theater.

His wife of five years, Charlotte Raemy, died in 1960. He was married for 34 years to her sister, Marie-Claire Raemy, who died in 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Surviving are a son, Charles P. Roveti of Trappe; a brother, Denes Roveti of Annapolis; three grandchildren; and a companion of many years, Eliane Desarzens of Vevey, Switzerland.

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