Dr. Conrad L. Inman Jr., a retired oral surgeon who was a statewide leader in his profession, died of complications from pneumonia Thursday at the Keswick Multi-Care Center, where he had lived for the past four years. The former longtime Homeland resident was 82.
"I think half of Baltimore would associate the name Inman with oral surgery," said Dr. John J. Mitcherling, an oral surgeon and friend. "He had a strong character and possessed strong moral values. He spoke the truth and lived his life that way. He was a leading force in his profession and developed a long history of admirers because of the individual he was."
Born in Baltimore and raised on Grantley Road, he was a 1939 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied premedical courses at Washington and Lee University before entering the University of Maryland's Dental School, from which he received a degree in 1944. He then joined the Navy and practiced aboard a submarine tender in the Pacific.
Dr. Inman's ship was moored in Tokyo Bay at the time of the Japanese surrender. Family members said he was invited to the surrender ceremony, but could not attend because of an emergency operation. Called back to military service during the Korean War, he earned the rank of lieutenant commander.
In the 1940s he did a year's residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Inman, who was known as "Bud," joined a practice established by his father, Dr. Conrad L. Inman Sr., at Fort Avenue and William Street.
"He and his dad were the founding fathers of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Baltimore," said Dr. Mitcherling, the Cockeysville oral surgeon. "The Inmans were the foundation stones in the profession here."
"When I went into dentistry, his father was considered the dentist in Baltimore," said Dr. Sheldon Silverman, former president of the Baltimore City Dental Society and secretary of the state Board of Dental Examiners. "Bud was such a gentleman, so kind. He was the epitome of the profession. Whenever you had an oral surgery problem, you looked to the Inmans."
Dr. Inman lectured widely and was on the staffs of the old South Baltimore General, St. Joseph, Union Memorial, Mercy, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and St. Agnes hospitals. He was chief of oral surgery at Maryland General, Bon Secours and the old Church Home and Hospital.
"His reputation was so widely known because he was a kind and generous man," said his daughter, Terry I. Conlon of Cockeysville. "If a patient couldn't pay, he didn't charge them."
He was elected president the Maryland State Dental Association in 1971. In 1962, he was president of the Baltimore City Dental Society; he also was a past president of the Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He retired in 1986.
Dr. Inman was a duckpin bowler and enjoyed goose hunting with the Wiltondale Gun Club.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., where he was a member.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Betty Graham; two other daughters, Gail I. Prather of Baltimore and June I. Murphy of Monkton; and five grandchildren.