Dr. Nathan B. Hyman, a radiologist and Jewish community leader, died Friday of cancer at his home in Mount Washington. He was 72.
"He was the consummate physician and a really wonderful guy," said Dr. Sherman Bearman, a radiologist who worked with Dr. Hyman for the last 20 years at the radiology practice of Copeland, Hyman and Shackman.
"We think of our associates as family," Dr. Bearman said. "In large part that stems from his example and leadership. He had a way with people, and that was his strength. He was just very warm, very kind, and that was obvious to his patients."
In 1952, Dr. Hyman opened a private radiology practice at Eutaw Place. As technology improved, many radiologists teamed up to ease the financial burden. In 1961, Dr. Hyman joined Dr. Herbert B. Copeland and Dr. Albert B. Shackman, merging three private practices to establish what would become one of the mid-Atlantic's largest and most comprehensive radiology groups.
Copeland, Hyman and Shackman employs more than 20 radiologists, has 11 offices statewide and services Franklin Square Hospital, Kernan Hospital and other area hospitals.
Active in Baltimore's Jewish community, Dr. Hyman held many positions with the Associated Jewish Charities, the Beth El Congregation and various Zionist organizations.
As president of the Board of Jewish Education from 1973 to 1975, Dr. Hyman worked to improve religious instruction. In 1973 he revised the curriculum for schools affiliated with the board.
He was a past president of the Maryland Radiological Society and was active in the American College of Radiology, the Baltimore City Medical Society, and the Maryland Medical and Chirurgical Society. He was named a fellow in 1977 by the American College of Radiology.
For more than 30 years, he was assistant professor in radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hyman graduated from Baltimore City College in 1939. He attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy before enrolling at Johns Hopkins University.
After one year of undergraduate study at Hopkins, he was accepted at the University of Maryland Medical School, where he earned his medical degree in 1946.
From 1943 to 1946 he served in the Army Specialized Training hTC Program as chief of the radiology department at Fort Belvoir, Va. He was discharged in 1949 with the rank of captain.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Joy Goldberg; two sons, Gary M. Hyman of Baltimore and Dov Hyman of New Rochelle, N.Y.; a daughter, Dr. Leslie G. Hyman of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; a sister, Fannie Ginsberg of Baltimore; two brothers, Paul Hyman of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Ben Hyman of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to the Dr. Nathan B. Hyman fund at Beth El Congregation.