Dr. Pearl H. Scholz, child psychiatrist

March 18, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Dr. Pearl H. Scholz, a retired Baltimore child psychiatrist and music lover, died March 10 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 93.

Pearl Huffman, the daughter of the president of Drexel Furniture Co. and a homemaker, was born and raised in Morganton, N.C.

After graduating from Morganton High School in 1934, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

She attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, then a two-year course, and then transferred to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she earned her medical degree in 1941.

"She was one of 10 women in a class of 95 students," said a son, Robert F. Scholz of Baltimore.

Dr. Scholz was an intern at the old Baltimore City Hospitals at Bayview from 1941 to 1942, and completed a residency at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia in 1943.

She was assistant chief resident at the hospital from 1943 to 1944, and later completed a two-year residency in psychiatry at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in 1961.

Dr. Scholz worked as a psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins Child Guidance Clinic from 1947 to 1952 and was a child psychiatrist at the University of Maryland medical school from 1952 to 1959.

She had been an instructor and later was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and in 1971 was an assistant professor of psychology at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Scholz maintained a private practice from 1961 until retiring in 1984.

She had served on the board of the Prisoners Aid Association of Maryland, the Woodbourne Center Inc., Transitional Living Council of Maryland and Young Audiences.

"She had a strong interest in helping troubled adolescents," her son said.

Dr. Scholz, who had lived on Blythewood Road and Gibson Island, had been a resident at Roland Park Place since 2003.

She enjoyed reading, travel, golf, sailing and playing bridge.

A classical music fan, Dr. Scholz had attended for 65 years the annual concert of the Bethlehem (Pa.) Bach Choir's performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor.

She was a member of the Gibson Island Club, Mount Vernon Club and 16 East Hamilton Street Club.

Her husband of 45 years, Dr. Roy O. Scholz, died in 1989.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Roland Park Place, 830 W. 40th St.

Also surviving are two other sons, R. Frederick Scholz of Cambridge, Mass., and Dr. Richard T. Scholz of Baltimore; a daughter, Martha Scholz Cukor of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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