Abt 1933 - 2000 (~ 67 years)
||Stonesifer, Geary L. |
||Buyer, Stier and Related Families
||25 Jul 2012 |
- Headline: Dr. Geary L. Stonesifer, 67, chief of surgery at GBMC
Publication Date: December 02, 2000
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Region: North America; Midatlantic United States; Maryland
Obituary: Dr. Geary L. Stonesifer, a surgeon who established the department of surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and served as its first chief from the time of its founding in the 1960s, died Tuesday of a blood clot at Manor Care in Ruxton. He was 67 and lived in Owings Mills.
Until retiring in 1988 because of ill health, Dr. Stonesifer had had a brilliant medical career as a surgeon in private practice and as first chief of the department of surgery at GBMC from 1966 until the end of his career.
"He headed a cadre of surgeons who flourished under his tutelage and example," said Dr. Kirby L.C. von Kessler, a Baltimore surgeon.
"He was a brilliant product of the traditions and precepts of Halstead and Osler at Johns Hopkins," he said.
"He had tremendous surgical judgment and technical brilliance, which is always a superb combination in a surgeon," said Dr. Daniel G. Sapir, a Baltimore internist and friend of many years. "He knew when to operate and what to do."
Dr. James H. Dorsey, who recently retired as chief of gynecology at GBMC, described Dr. Stonesifer as an "extremely meticulous surgeon" who had the "inner quality of caring deeply about what he was doing."
Dr. Dorsey went on to describe Dr. Stonesifer as a natural surgeon who "combined both his hands and brain and was a person who cared about people, and those two things were what made him a great surgeon."
Born and raised in Ruxton, Dr. Stonesifer developed an interest in the piano early in his youth and studied at the Peabody Conservatory.
It was an interest that would last a lifetime, and as an adult Dr.
Stonesifer developed into a concert-level pianist.
After graduation from Towson High School, Dr. Stonesifer completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in three years, graduating in 1954. He earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1958, graduating near the top of his class. He completed a surgical residency under Dr. Alfred Blalock, director of surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital, who is best known for his development and performance of a heart operation that cured "blue babies" in the 1940s.
He interned at Hopkins until 1964, when he entered private practice at Finney, Trimble & Associates in Baltimore. Two years later, he established the department of surgery at GBMC, a hospital that had opened near Towson.
"Without Dr. Stonesifer's compassion, expertise and leadership, the GBMC surgical service today would not have the excellent reputation that it enjoys," said Jeanne Baetjer, a founder of the hospital who served as president of its first board of directors.
Dr. Stonesifer enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Bachelors Cotillon, the Elkridge Club and the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Ann Carter Kennedy; a son, Geary L. Stonesifer III of Glyndon; a daughter, Ann L. Johnson of New York City; and a grandson.