Dr. J. Alex Haller Jr., a retired Johns Hopkins pediatric surgeon recalled as the “father of pediatric trauma care,” died of respiratory arrest June 13 at his Glencoe home. He was 91.
He was a professor emeritus of pediatrics, surgery and emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and was the surgeon-in-charge of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for nearly 30 years.
“Putting yourself in a child’s shoes is part of being a good surgeon,” he once said.
Born in Pulaski, Va., he was son of J. Alex Haller, a dentist, and his wife Julia Allison.
Emerging from scarlet fever as a young child — he lost his hair permanently as a result — he was determined to go...