Dr. Frederic A. Glass, a pioneering industrial dermatologist who lectured widely on the subject, died May 27 of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 89.
He was born and reared in Milwaukee, the son of Russian immigrant parents who operated a dry goods store. It was while living in Milwaukee that he developed a love of the performing arts and planned to become a professional drama critic until becoming ill with influenza, which permanently affected his hearing.
After abandoning his plans of being a critic, he earned a degree in philosophy in 1932 from Marquette University and enrolled in medical school.
Susan Amerikaner, a daughter who lives in San Luis Obispo, Calif., said, "He decided to study dermatology because he could use his eyes rather than his ears."
He earned his degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1936 and was the chief medical officer for the Works Progress Administration during the construction of the Skyline Drive in Virginia.
He completed his internship and residency at New York's Bellevue Hospital in 1942 and moved to Baltimore a year later because his brother, Sol Glass, lived here and was a vice president of Hutzler's department store.
Dr. Glass opened his office at 845 Park Ave. in 1943 and practiced there until his retirement in 1987. He lectured at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and published numerous articles on diseases of the skin.
One of his more interesting cases involved a broom factory worker who came to him because of a serious skin condition that seemed to be aggravated by his job.
"The broom company sent their workers to him and he discovered after questioning them and examining the straw that there was a parasite present which caused the rash. Once the straw was sprayed the rash then disappeared," Ms. Amerikaner said.
According to family members, Dr. Glass also was one of the first dermatologists in Baltimore to perform hair transplants.
In 1958, he married Jeanette Simon, who helped him in his practice. She died in 1990.
He was a member of several medical organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Thomas Glass of Baltimore and James Glass of Los Angeles; another daughter, Ilene Spector of Owings Mills; a sister, Mollie Spier of Hallendale, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jeanette and Frederic Glass Memorial Fund, c/o St. George's University School of Medicine, Parents' Coalition, 175 Franklin St., Nutley, N.J. 07110.
Private services were held May 29.