Dr. George Travers Gilmore, who treated generations of patients in Baltimore County during his five decades as a family physician, died of cancer Thursday at his Lutherville home. He was 79.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from St. Benedict's Prep School in 1945 and entered the Navy. At this same time, his parents moved to Baltimore, where he settled after his 1946 discharge from military service.
He earned a premedical degree at the Johns Hopkins University and received his medical education at the University of Maryland. While running a telephone switchboard at Children's Hospital, Dr. Gilmore met his future wife, Jeanne Smithcors, who was head nurse in its polio respiration unit.
While finishing his medical education, Dr. Gilmore delivered Esskay meats and had a Good Humor ice cream truck and route to help support his growing family.
Dr. Gilmore opened a family medical practice on York Road in Lutherville in 1955 and later had an office at the Roundwood Medical Center in Timonium.
In 1998, he sold his practice to the Sinai Group, but after three months in retirement Dr. Gilmore returned to practicing medicine at Sinai and continued to do so until June 16, when he saw his last patient.
"That day he pushed himself into the office," said Carol Marsh, his medical secretary. "It was his life. It was his world."
Family members said Dr. Gilmore developed lasting relationships with his patients. They said that in his early years, he would make up to 25 house calls a day - even on Sundays.
"I am still seeing the people I was seeing 50 years ago," he said last year at a party that celebrated his many years in the medical profession. "Only now I am seeing their grandchildren, too. I love what I do."
Dr. Kenneth Glick, who worked alongside Dr. Gilmore, described him as "an old-time family doctor" who believed in punctuality.
"He didn't keep his patients waiting," Dr. Glick said. "He also came out into the waiting room and saw his patients in, then, at the end of the visit, he saw them out."
Dr. Gilmore was an enthusiastic boater and fisherman and enjoyed playing golf and tennis at the Towson Golf and Country Club. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at Ocean City.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue, Towson, where he was a member.
In addition to his wife of 57 years, survivors include his six sons, George T. Gilmore Jr. of San Diego, Thomas Gilmore of Los Angeles, Timothy Gilmore of Pylesville, Peter Gilmore of Denton, Michael Gilmore of Lutherville and Dr. Paul Gilmore of Hunt Valley; four daughters, Susan Gilmore of Timonium, Patricia Gilmore of Cockeysville, Jeanne Gilmore of Lutherville and Mary Gilmore of Lutherville; two brothers, William Gilmore of Manakin Sabot, Va., and John Gilmore of Timonium; a sister, Margaret Palmer of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.