Dr. Erwin S. Raffel dies at age 75

Dental periodontist who headed Terrapin Club

September 19, 2010|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Erwin S. Raffel, a dental periodontist who had headed the University of Maryland Terrapin Club and was active in charities, died of a heart attack Sept. 13 at Sinai Hospital. He was 75 and lived in Brooklandville.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Labyrinth Road, he was a 1952 City College graduate. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, now part of the University of Maryland. He also received a certificate in periodontology from the University of Pennsylvania.

He practiced in Cleveland for many years and taught at Case Western Reserve University before returning to Baltimore in 1992. At his death, he was president of Dental One Associates, a group practice.

He was a past board member of Sinai Hospital and was also active with the University System of Maryland Foundation, the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the Maryland Educational Foundation and the University of Maryland Student Athletic Council. He was also active in the National Down Syndrome Society.

Dr. Raffel was associated with the Terrapin Club for 35 years. In 1983, he donated $2,500 for black-and-gold team uniforms.

"He made sure we wrote our checks to the Terrapin Club and other charities," said a friend, Stan Goldstein of Potomac. "You couldn't say no to him. But at the same time, he was generous to your charities, too."

Dr. Raffel was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Services were held Thursday.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Bonnie Kane; three daughters, Debbie Raffel of Arlington, Va., Cindy Dannenbaum of Villanova, Pa., and Betsy Bender of West Bloomfield, Mich.; a sister, Susan Steinberg of Charleston, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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