Dr. George P. Brown, who practiced pediatrics and later child psychiatry, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Howard County General Hospital.
He was 73 and lived on Hillfall Court in Columbia.
He retired in 1982 as director of a mental health clinic for the Montgomery County Health Department.
From 1967 until the mid-1970s, he was director of the Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene's Institute For Children at the Rosewood Center.
From 1963 until 1965, he was assistant professor of psychiatry, specializing in child psychiatry, at the University of Maryland medical school.
He began practicing pediatrics in Baltimore in 1949 but 10 years later left that field to complete a residency in child psychiatry at the University of Maryland Hospital.
Family members said he was the first black pediatrician in Baltimore to be certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Services were to be conducted at 4:30 p.m. today at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.
He is survived by his wife, the former Phyllis G. Stern; three sons, George K. Sabree of Houston; Rodney Morgan Brown of Baltimore and Craig Alan Brown of Newark, Del.; three stepdaughters, Lucia and Teresa Stern, both of New York City, and Donna Stern of Detroit; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.