Dr. Walter R. Welzant, a retired internist and kidney specialist who practiced medicine for five decades, died of respiratory failure May 13 at Gilchrist Hospice Care.
The Lutherville resident was 86.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of George Philip Welzant, an attorney and magistrate, and Martha Sadowski Welzant.
Raised on Eastern Avenue facing Patterson Park, he attended the Cathedral School and then graduated from Loyola High School in 1947. He managed the school's ice hockey team at the old Sports Centre.
During World War II, he became a civil defense messenger. In a memoir, he wrote, "I was never given a message, but I was given a helmet."