Dr. Herbert Copeland Jr., a retired Franklin Square Hospital Center radiologist, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, Jan. 7 at a Naples, Fla., nursing home. The Lutherville resident was 87.
Born in Wheeling, W.Va., he earned a bachelor's degree at West Virginia University and a medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
In 1951, he became Franklin Square Hospital's radiologist and was president of the institution's medical staff from 1970 to 1972.
In 1960, he founded a private medical practice with Drs. Nathan Hyman and Albert Shackman. In 1985, shortly before Dr. Copeland retired, they introduced an early MRI machine.
Dr. Copeland taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He was a past president of Franklin Square's medical foundation and raised research funds. He also assisted in the hospital's move to Baltimore County in 1970.
Family members said he led development of radiology technology training at Essex Community College.
Services were held Wednesday in Pikesville.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, the former Jeanne Mendelsohn; a son, Dr. Jack A. Copeland of Marfa, Texas; a daughter, Marsha Copeland Manekin of Baltimore; a stepson, Charles Y. Schwartzman of Hallandale, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Bonnie Marshall of Bel Air and Ellen Wilen and Susan Levy, both of Baltimore; two grandsons; and four step-grandchildren. Dr. Copeland outlived two wives, the former Myra Ander and Elaine Rodgers.