Michael Finegan

[ Age 81 ] Surgeon was a consultant for the Social Security Administration.

April 15, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Dr. Michael Kevin Finegan, a retired Maryland General Hospital surgeon who also worked for the Social Security Administration, died of multiple myeloma Wednesday at the Brightwood Center in Lutherville. The Roland Park resident was 81.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, he studied at boarding school, Newbridge College in Kildare, where he entertained thoughts of playing rugby professionally. He attended University College Dublin and received his medical education at the National University of Ireland, where he was a rugby team captain.

In 1952 he emigrated to Virginia and was a surgical intern at Lynchburg General Hospital and a general practitioner in Pamplin, Va. He completed his surgical residency at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore and later practiced with Dr. Donald Hebb and Dr. Ross Pierpont on Monument Street.

From 1987 to 1996 Dr. Finegan worked at Maryland General Hospital's surgical clinics and supervised residents there. He was also a Social Security medical consultant from 1961 to 2006.

Family members said Dr. Finegan made it a point to befriend people from other countries who were new to the United States. He also played squash at the Meadow Mill and enjoyed good jokes and good food.

He was a member of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, University Parkway and Charles Street.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Janet Lawrence; a son, Michael K. Finegan of New York; four daughters, Gwendoline M. Finegan of Cincinnati, Lynn C. Finegan of Walnut Creek, Calif., Geraldine F. Finegan, also known as Chong Do Sunim, of Los Angeles, and Alison T. Owens of Baltimore; a brother, Patrick Finegan of Dublin; two sisters, Kathleen Finegan of New Canaan, Conn., and Nora Davitt of Dublin; and six grandchildren.

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