Dr. Basri Aras Sila, a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist who practiced in Mount Vernon and Lutherville, died June 2 of acute leukemia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Ruxton resident was 87.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, he was the son of Zuhtu Sila, a banker, and his wife, Adile Sila. Family members said that as a child, he suffered from tuberculosis and as a result was left back a year in school.
“Painful as it was, my husband later described the disease as a blessing, because it put him in the same medical school class as I, his future wife,” said Dr. Ulgan Inan Sila, a physician and allergist.
They enrolled and studied together at the University of...