Dr. William R. Lumpkin, surgeon


Dr. William Randolph Lumpkin, a surgeon and former chief of staff at Maryland General Hospital, who was badly wounded trying to treat soldiers in the field during World War II, died of pneumonia Thursday at the Edenwald retirement community health-care center. He was 82.

Before his retirement in 1981, Dr. Lumpkin also had been assistant chief of surgery at Maryland General. His career mirrored that of his father, Dr. James Lumpkin, who had been chief of surgery there. The elder Dr. Lumpkin died in 1932, before his son had completed college.

William Lumpkin grew up in the Mount Vernon section of downtown Baltimore. A 1930 City College graduate, he earned a pharmacy degree in 1934 and a medical degree in 1938, both from the University of Maryland, and served his internship and surgical residency at Maryland General.

He entered the Army at the rank of second lieutenant in August 1942, and was severely injured in Sicily while helping wounded soldiers when two men carrying a stretcher stepped on a land mine, his family said.

"It shattered the bone in his right arm and took out about half of his left ear drum," leaving shrapnel in his body, said a son, Douglas Keyser Lumpkin of Monkton.

He was hospitalized for six months, and completed his Army medical career as chief of surgery at Erie Proving Ground Hospital in Ohio. Discharged in 1945 with the rank of major, Dr. Lumpkin returned to Baltimore and took up his practice at Maryland General.

He was a humorous, mild-mannered man who told his patients jokes to relax them, the son said.

Dr. Lumpkin is also survived by his wife, the former Doris Keyser; his older son, Bruce Keyser Lumpkin of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and a step-grandson.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral home, 6500 York Road.

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