Dr. W. Drummond Eaton Sr., a retired obstetrician and gynecologist, died Sunday of lung failure at his Green Spring Valley residence. He was 83.
Dr. Eaton practiced at the old Women's Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He also had a private practice at 11 E. Chase St., and later in Towson and Timonium. He retired in 1984.
He taught at the Johns Hopkins Medical School for many years, and helped plan GBMC, which opened in 1965.
"We shared many patients, and he was a superb physician," said Dr. L. Myrton Gaines Jr., a retired Baltimore physician. "He was a quiet man, a behind-the-scenes doctor who lent support to those who ran the institutions he was involved with."
Dr. Eaton was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He earned his bachelor's degree at Dalhousie University in 1933, and his medical degree at McGill University in 1937.
That year, he became an American citizen. He completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and began practicing medicine in 1942.
A former resident of Homeland and Ruxton, Dr. Eaton enjoyed riding his motorcycle on back roads, gliding, flying and the outdoors.
"He was a dignified, ethical and conscientious man who loved challenges whether they were in his medical practice or while gliding with the winds," said a daughter, Mary C. Eaton of Parkton.
He was a member of numerous professional organizations and the St. Andrew's Society.
His first wife, the former Mary Kendall Westcott, whom he married in 1950, died in 1959.
A memorial service for Dr. Eaton was to be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charles Street and Stratford Road, where he was a member.
Other survivors include his wife, the former Loretta Munn, whom he married in 1964; a son, William Drummond Eaton Jr. of Phoenix, Baltimore County; another daughter, Martha E. Brown of Waldorf; six grandchildren; and several cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation, Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.