Dr. Coral Gordon Bolin, a retired general practitioner who delivered thousands of Baltimore babies in a medical career that lasted 56 years, died of cerebral hemorrhages at her home in Timonium on Thursday. She was 89.
Her patients over the years knew her as Dr. Gordon, her maiden name. She began practice in Pikesville in 1934 after she married James Joseph Bolin, a Baltimore businessman. He died in 1961.
As a general practitioner, Dr. Gordon delivered babies before obstetrics became a specialized field. In 1976, her family calculated that she had delivered 6,500 babies.
Her practice slowed down but she did not retire until 1990.
Dr. Gordon had offices at several Baltimore locations before practicing in Timonium for 16 years. She had medical privileges at Maryland General, Franklin Square, Lutheran and North Charles General hospitals.
Dr. Gordon was honored in 1976 for her long service in medicine with a plaque placed in Maryland General Hospital's obstetrics wing.
"She delivered several generations of children," said Sharon Rogers, a longtime friend who worked for Dr. Gordon. Dr. Gordon delivered Mrs. Rogers' twins and seven grandchildren.
"Most were home deliveries," Mrs. Rogers said.
Dr. Gordon served twice as president of Branch 3 of the Women's Medical Association and was treasurer for four years and secretary for two years of the organization.
She was a life member of the Southern Women's Medical Association and also served on the Legislative Commission of the National Women's Medical Society in Washington.
Dr. Gordon was born in Utah. After graduating from the Women's Medical College of Philadelphia in 1933, she interned at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa.
Dr. Gordon, whose ancestors were pioneers of the West, enjoyed traveling and was interested in genealogy.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she also was a great fan of the Mormon Choir of Washington. She went to every rehearsal, Mrs. Rogers said: "She did not sing, but she dearly loved the choir."
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1400 Dulaney Valley Road. Burial will be in Baltimore National Cemetery in Catonsville, next to her husband, who served in the Army during World War I.
Survivors include a son, James J. Bolin Jr. of Sterling, Va.; two daughters, Coral B. Crosby of Charlottesville, Va., and Joan B. Cutler of Eugene, Ore.; nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.