Dr. Charles Edward Toomey III, 65, orthodontist in Annapolis for 25 years


Dr. Charles Edward Toomey III, a retired Annapolis orthodontist, died Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center of complications of scleroderma, an autoimmune condition. He was 65 and lived in Annapolis.

During the 25 years he practiced in Annapolis, his office was frequently crowded with children and their parents.

"He was one of the first orthodontists in Annapolis, and he established a thriving practice," said Dr. Edwin Berkinshaw, his partner for 15 years. "He had the down-to-earth, country-doctor approach. He always knew your name and where you lived, and the name of the people who lived there 30 years ago."

"He was unselfish, a giving person," said Dr. Frederick Preis, a fellow orthodontist who lives in Bel Air. "He had an angelic face and a marvelous smile that made people feel better."

Born in Baltimore, Dr. Toomey was raised in Elkridge, where his family owned a lumberyard and hardware store. He spent many summers at Bay Ridge, a Chesapeake Bay beach resort south of Annapolis.

He was a 1954 graduate of St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va., and of Washington and Lee University, where he earned a science degree. He was a member of the class of 1964 at University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

For several years, he worked alongside his uncle, Dr. Lewis Cole Toomey, who taught his nephew the techniques of orthodontics at his Silver Spring office. From 1968 to 1970, the younger Dr. Toomey took courses at Columbia University in New York and received a certificate in the specialty of orthodontics.

He opened his Annapolis practice in 1970 and later was joined by Dr. Berkinshaw. They had offices in Parole and in Cape St. Claire.

Dr. Toomey retired six years ago because of ill health.

He was well-known in Annapolis among the city's dental professionals and the business community. He joined the Annapolis Rotary Club, to which he was elected president in 1987 and 1988 and presided at weekly meetings held at the Fleet Reserve Club.

Elected to the American College of Dentists, he was a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, where he served on the board of directors. He also was a former president of the Maryland State Society of Orthodontists.

In 1960, he married Joyce Cooper, a former Howard County teacher who volunteered in the Anne Arundel school system.

On weekends, they relaxed on a powerboat, named Band-It, a reference to braces on teeth.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle, Annapolis, where he was junior warden and a vestry member.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Toomey is survived by two sons, Charles Edward Toomey IV of Annapolis and Dr. Christopher Pope Toomey of Baltimore; two daughters, Catharine Alice Gregorie of Charleston, S.C., and Jennifer Kate Driscoll of Hagerstown; three brothers, William White Toomey of Elkridge, Dr. Robert Agnew Toomey of Queenstown and Richard Bruce Toomey of Columbia; and 10 grandchildren.

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