Michael Kevin Quinn

Irish immigrant with a love of horses established a medical practice in the Lutherville-Timonium area

April 06, 2009|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com

Michael Kevin Quinn loved his horses. He co-owned a racer named First Sea Light and, over the years, kept a couple for countryside rides, one named Joker and the other - in honor of the land of his birth - Irish.

When he got too old to ride, one of his sons said Sunday, he gave it up very reluctantly and always missed it.

Formerly a doctor in general practice in the Lutherville-Timonium area, Dr. Quinn died Friday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center after suffering for several years from Alzheimer's disease. He was 88.

"Every once in a while he'd ride from Goucher College - that's where he stabled the horse - through the traffic all the way up to the Loch Raven trails," said the son, Kevin Barry Quinn of Mount Airy. "I remember the shock the first time I saw him do that."

Dr. Quinn was born in Belturbet, a town in County Cavan, Ireland. He graduated from the National University of Ireland - now known as University College Dublin - and joined the Royal Navy after World War II. He served as a ship's surgeon aboard the HMS Sparrow and, after leaving the navy, he served in the same post on a cruise ship, Queen of Bermuda.

"He did quite a bit of touring in the Americas with the navy," his son said. "He went halfway up the Amazon, he went through the Panama Canal. He met some of the Hollywood crowd after docking in San Diego. He went to Cuba - all this in the late '40s."

Dr. Quinn immigrated to the United States in 1952 and that same year married Carmel Fay, a woman from his hometown. After their wedding in Syosset, N.Y., the couple moved to Baltimore, where he undertook a medical residency at Mercy Hospital, now Mercy Medical Center.

Shortly afterward, Dr. Quinn established his general medical practice in the Lutherville-Timonium area. He made frequent house calls, his family says, until his retirement in 1992.

He and his family - the couple had five children - were residents of Towson for many years. More recently, Dr. Quinn and his wife lived at Mercy Ridge, a retirement community in Timonium.

Dr. Quinn was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave., Towson.

In addition to his wife and his son, survivors include another son, Michael Conor Quinn of Towson; two daughters, Deirdre Fay Quinn Schadler of Lexington, Mass., and Sinead Quinn of Washington; a sister, Sheila Quinn of Sligo, Ireland; three grandsons; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Katherine Quinn.

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