Dr. Melvin ProsenHospital psychiatristServices for Dr. Melvin...


Dr. Melvin Prosen

Hospital psychiatrist

Services for Dr. Melvin Prosen, a senior psychiatrist for the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Health System, were scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Dr. Prosen, who was 55, died Friday of a heart attack while driving to work. He lived on Ivy Church Road in Timonium.

He had worked at Sheppard Pratt Hospital since 1984. Dr. Prosen was a teacher in the hospital's training program for psychiatrists. He was awarded the hospital's teacher of the year award in 1986.

He had engaged in a private practice of psychoanalysis since 1969, and specialized in affective disorders.

A Canadian citizen by birth, he received his bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Prosen trained at the University of Chicago and served an internship at Michael Reese Hospital in 1964 and 1965. He held positions at other institutions in Chicago before moving to the Baltimore area in 1984.

He had published numerous articles, and was a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He was admitted to the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in 1979.

Dr. Prosen is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Jean Oniske; two daughters, Leandrea Sue Prosen, at home, and Jennifer Lynn Prosen, a student at Roanoke College in Virginia; a son, Jonathon Paul, a student at McGill University in Montreal; his mother, Ruth Prosen of Winnipeg; and a brother, Dr. Harry Prosen, a psychiatrist of Milwaukee, Wis.

The family suggested donations to a memorial fund established in Dr. Prosen's name in care of Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Joseph E. Willhide, a retired credit company loan officer and avid golfer, died of a heart attack Friday while mowing the lawn at his Parkville home.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Willhide, who was 74 and had lived on Willoughby Road since 1958, was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in the 6800 block of McClean Blvd.

A 1937 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic High School, Mr. Willhide enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939 and transported airplanes around the world during World War II.

Resuming his education after the war, Mr. Willhide graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1949 with a degree in industrial engineering.

Mr. Willhide retired in 1980 from the Commercial Credit Co., where he had been a loan officer in the business loans division for nine years.

He also worked for the Eastern Products Co., a Venetian blind manufacturing business, for 15 years, and at Crown Cork & Seal Co. from 1950 to 1956.

Survivors include his wife, the former Norma Kansler; a daughter, Barbara Plecker of Ellicott City; two sons, Robert Willhide of Downingtown, Pa., and Paul Willhide of Baltimore; a sister, Vera Danbury of Catonsville; and five grandchildren.

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