Dr. W. D. Tigertt, medical professor at...


Dr. W. D. Tigertt, medical professor at UM, dies at 76

Services for Dr. William D. Tigertt, a retired brigadier general in the Army Medical Corps and a professor at the University of Maryland Medical School where he was director of the clinical laboratories, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Dr. Tigertt, who was 76 and lived in the 2 Charles Center Apartments, died Sunday at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington after a heart attack a week earlier.

He joined the Maryland faculty in 1972 after his retirement from the Army as professor of medicine and professor of pathology, and associate chairman of the department of pathology. He had also helped to start a school for laboratory technicians at Maryland.

In the Army, he became an expert on preventive medicine and the causes and transmission of infectious diseases. He was knowledgeable about tropical diseases and those caused by viruses and rickettsiae. He helped to find treatments for drug-resistant strains of malaria that were found in Vietnam.

He began his Army career in 1940 as a pathologist in an Army hospital in Texas, and then commanded laboratory units in the Pacific and in Japan. Later, he commanded the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and medical and research units at Fort Detrick.

At his retirement, he served as commander of the Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wash.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. He also received the Gorgas medal of the Association of Military Surgeons.

He served as editor of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine from 1983 to 1990. Dr. Tigertt received a diploma from the American Board of Pathology and he was a fellow at the American College of Physicians.

He was named the Kober Lecturer of the American Association of Physicians in 1975 and was chosen as a Joseph E. Smadel Award winner and lecturer by the University of Maryland.

A native of Wilmer, Texas, he was a graduate of Baylor University and its medical school and served an internship and residencies in medicine and pathology at its hospital.

He and his wife were patrons of the Walters Art Gallery. Dr. Tigertt also wrote an article on Sir William Osler published by the Maryland Historical Society, of which he was a member.

Dr. Tigertt is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Helen Braack; a daughter, Susan T. Brookman of Baltimore; a son, William David Tigertt Jr. of Pleasant Ridge, Mich.; a brother, Carl Tigertt, and a sister, Dorothy Blackwood, both of Lancaster, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Anton A. Parrish Sr.

Sparrows Point retiree

Services for Anton A. Parrish Sr., a retired employee of Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Weyers Cave, Va.

Mr. Parrish, who moved from Essex to Grottoes, Va., in 1976, died Monday of cancer at a nursing home in Harrisonburg, Va. He was 85.

The native of Victoria, Va., is survived by his wife, the former Helen Smalls; four sons, Anton A. Parrish Jr. of Dundalk, Ernest E. Parrish of Victoria, Lawrence L. Parrish of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Franklin F. Parrish of Charles Town, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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