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Dr. Richard F. Mayer, neurologist, dies

Dr. Richard F. Mayer, neurologist, dies

Dr. Richard Mayer, who trained generations of neurologists over nearly 50 years as a teaching physician in Baltimore, and whose pioneering research advanced testing with electromyography, known as EMG, died Tuesday after a car crash in Towson. He was 87.

Since his boyhood helping at the family butcher shop in New York state, Dr. Mayer had aspired to a career in medicine. At the time of his death, he was still teaching one day a week at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He lived at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson.

Dr. Mayer was known for maintaining a perfectly knotted bow tie while working a rigorous daily schedule.

It was his "signature...