Dr. John A. Engers, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, died of cancer Oct. 19 at his Phoenix home in Baltimore County. He was 84.
Born in Baltimore and raised on 37th Street in Ednor Gardens, he attended St. James the Less School and was a 1945 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he was class valedictorian. He earned a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
He was chief of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Bon Secours Hospital and was also the hospital's director of medical education. Family members estimated that he had delivered 4,000 babies.
From 1986 to 1995, he was president of the Maryland Foundation for Health Care, a Medicare peer review organization. He was also a member of the medical staff at St. Joseph Medical Center, where he served on committees.
After his 1993 retirement, he was a volunteer at United Churches Assistance Network, a Cockeysville crisis center.
He played golf twice a week at the Pine Ridge and Fox Hollow courses.
A Mass was offered Oct. 22 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hunt Valley, where he was an active member.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Eleanor Porter; a son, John A. Engers III of San Ramon, Calif.; three daughters, Judith Rabbitt of Crofton, Kathleen Barber of Williamsburg, Va., and Ellie LaMartina of Woodlawn; a sister, Sister Kathleen Marie Engers of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.