Dr. Henry Cerny

Dr. Henry Cerny

Henry F. Cerny, a dentist who had a practice in Westminster for nearly 30 years, died June 28 at the Golden Living Center in Westminster of complications from a fall. He was 94.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Cerny was a 1937 graduate of Kenwood High School and a 1943 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He also spent a year at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy before joining the Army. He served as a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

While with the service, Dr. Cerny spent time as a dentist at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas. "He had a lot of interesting stories to tell about that," said his friend Cherrie Fleagle.

Dr. Cerny opened his practice in Westminster in 1955 and remained in the town for 27 years, retiring in 1982. He first practiced out of an office on Court Street, Ms. Fleagle said, then moved to offices at Center and Green streets. He was a member of the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Cerny was an avid piano player. He loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed planting trees. "If you saw his property, you would not believe all the trees he has planted," Ms. Fleagle said.

"He had a great sense of humor, a real dry sense of humor," she said. "And he loved to tell stories."

Services are set for 11 a.m., July 2, at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Carroll Hospital Center, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster 21157.

Dr. Cerny, who was living in Frizzellburg, Carroll County, at the time of his death, left no immediate family. His wife, the former Doyla Concha Gonzales, died in 1988.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com