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Dr. B. Martin Middleton, former chief of surgery at St. Agnes Hospital

Dr. B. Martin Middleton, former chief of surgery at St. Agnes Hospital

Dr. B. Martin Middleton, a retired general surgeon and former chief of surgery at St. Agnes Hospital, died of cancer Saturday at his Ellicott City home. He was 90.

Born in Waldorf and raised on a Charles County tobacco farm in Southern Maryland, he was the son of Henry Middleton, a tobacco farmer, and Bertha Cook. He attended a one-room parochial school in Bryantown.

"My father grew up in poverty in the Depression. The farm did not have electricity or running water," said a son, Dr. Jeffrey Middleton of Ellicott City. "He could recall seeing President Franklin D. Roosevelt come to Southern Maryland for the groundbreaking of the Potomac River bridge. His father...

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