Dr. Oscar Hartman, obstetrician, dies at 93

He maintained a private practice in Pikesville, Essex and Lansdowne

November 10, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Oscar Hartman, a retired Baltimore-area obstetrician and longtime Lutherville resident, died Oct. 28 of cancer at Heartland, a rehabilitation facility in Sarasota, Fla. He was 93.

Dr. Hartman, the son of a baker and homemaker, was born and raised in Baltimore. He was a 1931 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in 1935 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

After graduating in 1939 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Franklin Square Hospital, where he was chief of obstetrics and gynecology for two years.

Dr. Hartman maintained a private practice with offices in Pikesville, Essex and Lansdowne for nearly 40 years until retiring in 1981.

"He loved his work and his patients loved him, and he cared for every patient with his heart and soul," said his wife of 71 years, the former Lee Yenkinson.

"He always said he chose this branch of medicine because it was the happiest. He delivered thousands of babies and never lost a mother," Mrs. Hartman said.

Mrs. Hartman said that many of the couple's vacations were canceled because her husband thought that "a patient might have complications and it was necessary for him to be in attendance."

He was a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Baltimore County Medical Society.

The longtime Lutherville resident had also lived in Pikesville. He had lived in Sarasota since 1981.

He was an avid golfer and a founder of Chestnut Ridge Country Club. He also enjoyed wood carving, working with stained glass and playing the violin.

"He was a wonderful man, husband and father," Mrs. Hartman said. "The world is just a little better because he had lived."

There are no services.

Also surviving are two sons, David Hartman of Pikesville and Joel Hartman of Reisterstown; a daughter, Paula Cohen of Eldersburg; a brother, Milton Hartman of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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