Dr. William Travers Muse, a retired surgeon and industrial physician, died Thursday of stroke complications at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Homeland resident was 92.
Dr. Muse was born in Baltimore and raised in a rowhouse at 1520 Hollins St., two doors from H.L. Mencken, whose family members were patients of Dr. Muse's physician father.
"He had lots of stories about Mr. Mencken and was fond of recalling the many visits he made to their home to listen to him and his two brothers, who had a musical combo," said a son, Richard B. Muse of Bel Air.
"Also, he remembered the times when he was growing up that Mr. Mencken would join his group of youngsters to spin tops in the alley behind their home," Mr. Muse said.
Dr. Muse was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's high school and college in Emmitsburg. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1940.
"Sixteen other members of his family graduated from the medical school at the University of Maryland," Mr. Muse said.
After completing a surgical residency at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Muse enlisted in the Army in early 1945. After completing a course in neurosurgery, he joined the neurosurgical staff of Halloran General Hospital in Staten Island, N.Y. He attained the rank of captain.
From 1946 until his retirement in 1982, Dr. Muse practiced general surgery and industrial medicine for several Baltimore companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric. He was a member of the surgical staffs of St. Agnes and Maryland General hospitals.
Dr. Muse enjoyed crabbing, fishing, gardening and researching his family's genealogy.
Dr. Muse was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.
Also surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Mary Helen Smith; three other sons, William T. Muse Jr. of Forest Hill, Michael J. Muse of Catonsville and the Rev. John A. Muse of Lancaster, S.C.; two daughters, Susan P. Fitz of Finksburg and Anne S. Clarkson of Columbia; and 12 grandchildren.