Dr. William G. Marr, 78, ophthalmologist


Dr. William G. Marr, a retired ophthalmologist, died Feb. 10 at his Greenspring Valley home of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 78.

Dr. Marr, who practiced ophthalmology for 34 years from his office at 10 E. Chase St., retired in 1983 because of illness.

Dr. Robert B. Welch, an ophthalmologist and associate professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and former director of the retina clinic at The Wilmer Institute, described Dr. Marr as an "excellent surgeon."

"He was one of our Wilmer greats who was interested in all aspects of the field," Dr. Welch said.

A 1934 graduate of the Gilman School, Dr. Marr earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1938 and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1942.

After interning for a year at Wilmer, he entered the Army in 1944 and served as a battalion surgeon with the 63rd Infantry of the 6th Division in the Pacific Theater of Operations, where he was decorated with the Bronze Star. Discharged in 1945 with the rank of captain, he returned to The Wilmer Institute and completed his residency in 1948.

An assistant professor of ophthalmology at Wilmer, he also was on the staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. April 8 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Garrison Forest, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

He is survived by his wife of 52 1/2 years, the former Mary Washington Speer; two sons, William Corbin Marr of Summit, N.J., and John Stewart Marr of Orlean, Va.; a daughter, Adele Marr Mitchell of Wickford, R.I.; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Ark Episcopal Social Ministries, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore 21218; or to the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore 21201.

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