Dr. Albert Grant, a retired cardiologist who believed that his heart attack patients need not lead a sedentary life, died of a stroke Thursday at Delray Medical Center in Delray, Fla. The former Northwest Baltimore was resident was 89.
Born Albert Gubnitsky in Baltimore and raised on North Broadway, he later changed his name to Grant. A 1936 City College graduate, he commuted to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1940. He then enrolled at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine and received a degree in 1943. After an internship in New York City at Lincoln Hospital, he was inducted into the Army during World War II.
Assigned to the Pacific, he joined 27th Infantry Division at Saipan as a medical officer after the island had been taken. He treated those wounded in the latter stages of the battle of Okinawa and served during the occupation of Japan. He left military service as a captain.
In 1946, he married the former Sara Jane Lebowitz, a Baltimore schools nurse, whom he had met at a party. She died in 1997. He married the former Mignon Cohen in 2001.
"He was an upbeat and happy man. There wasn't anything that you couldn't talk to him about," said his daughter-in-law, Suzanne Grant of Baltimore. "He loved his wives, he loved his children, he loved his experience in the Army."
He joined the Veterans Administration in 1946 as a staff doctor at a Louisville, Ky., and returned to Baltimore four years later. He initially worked in the practice of Dr. Paul Carliner.
Dr. Grant opened his own private practice at his home in the 5400 block of Park Heights Avenue and saw patients in a basement office. He later joined the medical staff of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at its headquarters at Charles and Baltimore streets.
In 1969, Dr. Grant joined Sinai Hospital and remained there until his 1984 retirement. While at Sinai, he became involved with cardiac rehabilitation and traveled throughout the country, lecturing on life after a heart attack.
"He believed you didn't have to lead a sedentary life," said his son, Samuel Grant of Baltimore. "He showed that his patients didn't have to go home and do nothing."
Dr. Grant had season tickets to the Baltimore Colts and was an ardent Terps fan. He also followed politics and current events. He read, traveled and enjoyed opera and films. He was also a social dancer.
He was a member of Beth El Congregation.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Brothers, 8900 Reisterstown Road.
In addition to his son and wife, survivors include three other sons, Frederic Grant of Baltimore, Jonathan Grant of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Keith Grant of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Lenora Gaynor of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother, Herbert Gubnitsky of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.