Dr. Edward J. Kitlowski, medical director of New Beginnings at Hiddenbrook, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.
The 65-year-old Abingdon resident had served since 1986 as medical director of the alcoholism and drug-dependency treatment center in Bel Air.
Carole Koffinke, chief operations officer at the center, described Dr. Kitlowski as "the heart of Hiddenbrook . . . devoted to the patients and staff . . . overseeing the treatment of the patients seven days a week."
She said he was also "chief of morale" for staff members, cheering them up with pranks, funny poems and jokes.
A Baltimore native, Dr. Kitlowski graduated from Polytechnic Institute and Duke University. He earned a master's degree in genetics in the advanced biology program at the Johns Hopkins University and then graduated from the Duke medical school in 1957.
He served his internship and residency at Union Memorial.
From 1963 until 1986, he practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Baltimore area.
He had been a member of the staffs at St. Joseph, Union Memorial, North Charles General, Children's, Kernan's and St. Agnes hospitals.
A fellow of the Occuloplastic Society of America and the Vail Cosmetic Society, he was a member of the Baltimore County Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, the Founders Group of the John Staige Davis Society and the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
He also served as chairman of the Committee for Physician Rehabilitation of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty; on the state and St. Joseph Hospital impaired physicians committees; on the board of Pathfinders, a United Methodist Church halfway house; and as secretary of the Medical Professional Group of Alcoholics Anonymous.
He had lectured at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air.
Dr. Kitlowski is survived by two sons, Edward A. Kitlowski of Abingdon and Michael D. Kitlowski of Murrieta, Calif.; and a granddaughter.