Charles Beattie, 68

Anesthesiologist

June 01, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes

Dr. Charles Beattie, a leader in anesthesiology education who taught at several institutions during his career, including the Johns Hopkins University, died at his North Baltimore home May 25 of hydrocephalus and complications from parkinsonism. He was 68.

Dr. Beattie was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville in 1962 and 1963, and earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering from New York University in 1971. He completed his medical education and training in anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky in 1976.

He and his wife, the former Missy Comley, were married 31 years. She said she met her husband when he was in medical school in Kentucky.

"He was brilliant and funny and he could tell great stories," Mrs. Beattie said. "He loved his work. He never considered any other job. He absolutely loved being an anesthesiologist."

After his medical training in Kentucky, Dr. Beattie joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1981. During his tenure at Hopkins, where he worked in the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Dr. Beattie acted as a principal investigator for awards issued by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and served as clinical director. When he left Hopkins in 1994, he was interim chairman of the department, his relatives said.

After Hopkins, he served as chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University until 2001. He and his wife then moved to New York, where he was executive vice chairman of the anesthesiology department at the New York University School of Medicine, relatives said.

Mrs. Beattie said that when her husband retired last summer, they returned to Baltimore because they had many fond memories and friends here. They lived in Cross Keys.

Stepson John Whitlow of New York said the family knew of Dr. Beattie's accomplishments. But "He was with us, just totally kind and gentle and unpretentious, and humble," he said.

Dr. Beattie was cremated. Plans for a memorial service are incomplete, his wife said.

In addition to his wife and stepson, Dr. Beattie is survived by two sons, John Charles Beattie of San Francisco and Hunter Comley Beattie of Carrboro, N.C. He is also survived by four half-siblings, Joe Murton, Sandra Roy and Rosemary Yates, all of California; and Bill Homans of West Chester, Pa.

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