Dr. Robert H. Hahn

Dr. Robert H. Hahn ( un)

Dr. Robert R. Hahn, former emergency room chief at what is now the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton, died Aug. 7 of coronary artery disease at William Hill Manor in Easton. He was 93.

"Dr. Hahn was a wonderful, wonderful man. He was a great patient advocate and was an advocate for the nurses. He was an advocate for education. And he was always very open with the staff," said Dottie Waters, who worked with Dr. Hahn for more than 20 years and is now a relief nurse at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center.

The son of Albert G. Hahn, a pharmacist, and Margaret Fuchs Hahn, a florist, Robert Roland Hahn was born in Baltimore and raised in Severna Park.

He was a 1939 graduate of Loyola High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. He earned his medical degree in 1947 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Hahn completed a two-year rotating internship that was followed by a residency at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center.

While serving in the Army in the early 1950s, he attended research and graduate school at what is now Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington and at the Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio. He was sent overseas and was a physician at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany.

Discharged in 1954, he established a family practice in Severna Park, which he ran for 18 years. In 1972, he moved to the Caribbean island of Bequia in the Grenadines, where he established a medical practice.

In 1974, he moved to Easton and joined what was then Easton Memorial Hospital as an emergency room physician. He later became the hospital's chief of the emergency room, a position he held until retiring in 1990.

"It was a second career for him when he moved over from the Western Shore," said Ms. Waters.

"He was one of the oldest physicians to take and pass the emergency room boards," said his wife of 31 years, the former Joan Somers, who had been a registered medical technologist at the hospital. "He was a great guy and helped a lot of people."

Dr. Hahn was an acquaintance of and was influenced by Dr. R Adams Cowley, who in 1961 founded what became Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

In the 1980s, Dr. Hahn and Ms. Waters, who was then manager of the emergency room, oversaw the modernization of the facility.

"We worked together and it was a lot of fun. We worked with architects and even learned how to read blueprints. It was quite an experience," said Ms. Waters.

"He was a great supporter of emergency medical services in the community, which in those days was pre-helicopter, and critically ill patients were transported to the hospital by ambulance," she said. "He was always interested in what was new and keeping on top of things in the emergency room."

Dr. Hahn also taught throughout Maryland courses on advanced cardiac life support that had been developed by the American Heart Association.

A Chesapeake Bay sailor, Dr. Hahn was a member of the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club and the Talbot County Country Club. He also enjoyed spending winters in North Palm Beach, Fla.

"He loved the water and being out in his boat," said Ms. Waters. "He was a funny man who had so many stories from his days practicing medicine in Severna Park and in the islands."

Dr. Hahn was a member of Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church, 315 Goldsborough St., Easton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Hahn is survived by a stepson, Robert M. Messick of St. Michaels; a stepdaughter, Kirstine Y. Messick of Sydney, Australia; and five grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com