Dr. John H. Michael, a retired Baltimore dentist whose office was on Park Avenue for many years and who was on the dental staff of Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Thursday of cancer at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 86.
Dr. Michael began his practice in the office of Dr. H. Hayward Streett, his uncle, in 1932. Dr. Michael retired in 1977.
He was born and reared in Roanoke, Va., where he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1926.
He studied pre-dentistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was a 1932 graduate of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery -- the dental school of the University of Maryland -- where he was a member of the Gorges Odontological Society and an honorary member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, another dental society.
He joined the Navy in 1942 and served at the Naval Operating Base Prosthetic Facility in Norfolk until 1944, when he was sent to the Base Eight Fleet Hospital at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was discharged a lieutenant commander in 1946 and returned to Baltimore, where he resumed his dental career.
He was a member of the Maryland State Dental Association and a member and past president of the Baltimore City Dental Society.
He was a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, a nonresident member of the New York Academy of Dentistry and a member of the Baltimore Association of Dental Surgeons, the oldest dental study club in North America.
He had been president and secretary of the State Board of Dental Examiners.
Dr. Michael, a former resident of the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County, liked to garden, particularly raising gardenias and vegetables. He moved to the Cockeysville retirement community last winter.
He was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing, the Johns Hopkins Club and the St. George's Society of Baltimore.
A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Speers' Chapel of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 North Charles St., where he was a member for 58 years and was a deacon and an elder.
Dr. Michael is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth H. Dial of Baltimore, whom he married in 1948; a son, John H. Michael Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Margo Michael Thompson of Christiansburg, Va.; a brother, James W. Michael; and a sister, vTC Elizabeth M. Culpepper, both of Roanoke; and a granddaughter.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204.