Dr. Isidore Legum, 92, Baltimore dentist, veteran


Dr. Isidore Legum, a retired Baltimore dentist and combat veteran of World War II, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. He was 92.

Dr. Legum, the son of a tailor, was born in Portsmouth, Va., and moved to Madison Avenue in Baltimore in 1922.

After graduating from City College, he studied at the Johns Hopkins University. He transferred to the University of Maryland Dental School, where he earned his degree in 1939.

During World War II, he served as a dentist with the Army's famed Red Ball Division, and participated in the Salerno and Anzio landings in Italy.

"He served the GIs as their dentist for 33 long difficult months during the most adverse combat conditions," said his son, Harry L. Legum of Baltimore. "He was nicknamed 'Foxhole Legum,' and as he laughingly admitted, he was the first one in a foxhole and the last one out."

After earning six battle stars and being discharged with the rank of captain, Dr. Legum returned to Baltimore and resumed his career.

He shared a North Avenue office with his brother, a physician. In the early 1960s, he moved to the Medical Arts Building, where he practiced until retiring in 1989.

In 1959, Dr. Legum married Rosalie Minch, a Goucher College and Peabody Conservatory of Music concert pianist who died in 1995.

His professional memberships included the Maryland State Dental Association and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.

An advocate of daily exercise, Dr. Legum walked at least 30 minutes a day, a practice he continued until shortly before his death. He also enjoyed playing golf and was an avid sports fan.

A longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, he had lived at the Elmont Condominium on Park Heights Avenue since 1986.

Services were yesterday.

Dr. Legum is survived by his son.

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