Dr. Samuel S. Glick, 98, pediatrician who taught at UM medical school


Dr. Samuel S. Glick, a pediatrician who treated thousands of children during his 60-year practice, died of a stroke Saturday at Sinai Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 98.

Dr. Glick also trained hundreds of medical students and doctors at the University of Maryland Medical School, where he taught for 40 years and was an associate professor of pediatrics.

"He was the grandfather of primary care pediatricians," said Dr. Murray Kappelman, a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the UM medical school. He was a student of Dr. Glick's in the 1950s.

Dr. Glick grew up in South Baltimore and graduated from City College and the Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1925.

In 1927, he married the former Bessie Stein. They lived above his office in the 3700 block of Park Heights Ave., where he began his medical practice.

"He was a pediatrician who made house calls, went in the middle of the night, and wouldn't charge people if they couldn't afford it," said his daughter, Harriet Glick of Dallas.

She remembers her father treated so many children in Baltimore that it seemed like "half of the city" were his patients. "We couldn't go anywhere where people didn't come up to him."

In the 1930s, Dr. Glick climbed up a flagpole to check on a 13-year-old girl who refused to come down from a flagpole-sitting contest, even though she was recuperating from scarlet fever.

Dr. Kappelman remembers Dr. Glick as a "very well-read, very involved, very concerned" physician who was always interested -- even in his later years -- in educating other doctors.

Dr. Kappelman's wife, Joan Goldberg, was a patient of Dr. Glick's during the 1930s and remembers him as "a small man with a big heart. Children weren't intimidated by him" because of his small stature and sense of humor.

"He would tell terrible, silly jokes to the children," she remembers.

Dr. Glick also made rounds at University of Maryland Medical Center to educate medical students and young doctors, even in his later years, said Dr. Ronald L. Gutberlet, interim chairman of pediatrics at the UM medical school and chairman of pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center.

Dr. Gutberlet met Dr. Glick while he was a student at the UM medical school in the 1950s. He and Dr. Kappelman remembered Dr. Glick's sending them medical articles that might interest them for years afterward.

Dr. Glick was a Fellow of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was named Pediatrician of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1981.

That year, Sinai Hospital gave him a certificate of honor for 30 years of service for practicing medicine at the hospital.

He was a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity, and had served as national president and president of the board of trustees. He was also a past president of the pediatric section of the Baltimore City Medical Society and the Bradley Pediatric Society.

Dr. Glick was active at Shaarei Zion Congregation, where he received a distinguished service award in 1986.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a son, Leonard Glick of New Salem, Mass.; a brother, Henry Glick of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/19/99

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