Dr. Jerome Styrt, 87

The Baltimore Sun

Jerome Styrt, a Baltimore psychiatrist who had a private practice and supervised psychiatry students at several area hospitals, died June 10 of pneumonia stemming from complications after a hip fracture at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore. The Roland Park resident was 87.

Dr. Styrt was born and raised in Chicago and earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry the University of Chicago. His colleagues at the University of Chicago Clinics encouraged him to go to medical school.

He earned his medical degree in 1945 from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, and went on to a residency at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson.

During his residency, he spent a year in England serving as an assistant medical officer at The Retreat in York and Belmont Hospital in Sutton, Surrey.

Those hospitals were pioneers in the compassionate treatment of individuals with mental illnesses, according to Dr. Styrt's wife, the former Mary Onken. She is a psychologist who met her husband of 61 years while both were studying in Chicago.

Dr. Styrt returned to the United States to continue his psychiatry training at the Johns Hopkins University and its hospital through 1950. He was then drafted into the U.S. Public Health Service during the Korean War and was stationed in Texas.

He returned to Maryland in 1953 and lived for more than 50 years on Burnwood Road in Northeast Baltimore. He moved to Roland Park last year.

He had a private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis from 1953 to 2006, most recently working out of an office at the Rotunda in Baltimore.

He served as an instructor and then a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a supervisor of residents at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was also a faculty member of the Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute, where he studied in the 1950s.

Sheppard Pratt recognized him with a distinguished teaching award in 1989, and the University of Maryland gave him an outstanding volunteer faculty teaching award in 1995. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

He was a member of the Baltimore City Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He became a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was a life fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. He was a life member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a member of several other state and regional organizations.

Dr. Styrt played tennis and golf and was a lifelong squash enthusiast. He was a life member of the United States Squash Racquets Association. He also enjoyed art and music.

He was diligent about contributing money to dozens of local and national causes in the areas of education, environmental protection, civil rights and politics.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Barbara Styrt of Bethesda and Marjorie Styrt Goldfarb of Seattle; a sister, Leatrice Schacht of White Plains, N.Y.; and one grandson.

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