Benjamin Trump

The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Trump, the retired pathology department chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died of heart disease Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 75.

He was also among the founders of the Shock Trauma Center and worked closely with Dr. R Adams Cowley to create the Shock Trauma research program. He was a past chairman of the state's Postmortem Examiners Commission, where he oversaw the office of Maryland's chief medical examiner.

"While at Maryland, Dr. Trump was able to bring the fields of electron microscopy, immunohistology, human cell and tissue culture and computer science into the forefront of pathology for both research and patient care," said Dr. Raymond Jones, a former student who is now professor of pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a Westminster resident. "He did this by his books, papers and his seminars."

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Trump earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Missouri and a medical degree at the University of Kansas. He did additional study in anatomy and pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle in the 1960s.

Dr. Trump joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1970 as professor and chairman of the pathology department.

"He was a physician, a scientist, a teacher, a fisherman, a photographer, an author, a concert pianist and a friend to many," said Dr. Jones. "He was certainly a man for all seasons."

He founded the first doctoral program in pathology at the school of medicine for graduate students and physicians. He also set up a research program with the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute nearly 36 years ago. Dr. Trump was the author of more than 300 scientific papers. He retired in 1998 and was an Aspen Cancer Conference founder.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 32 years, the former Elizabeth Scanlan; two daughters, Rebecca Trump of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lisa Trump MacKenzie of Perry Hall; a sister, Marilyn Trump Loveless of Topeka, Kan.; and a grandson. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.

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