Milton Douglas Hiteshew, a retired Westinghouse draftsman whose hemophilia led to study by a Johns Hopkins geneticist, died Thursday of complications after surgery at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The Pasadena resident was 70.
Mr. Hiteshew, a Baltimore native, was one of 14 children and the eldest of five hemophiliac brothers.
The Hiteshew boys were studied by early genetic researchers, including the late Dr. Victor McKusick of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Mr. Hiteshew and his brothers met with Dr. McKusick on numerous occasions, and their medical histories are part of Dr. McKusick's published research.
"He was the most courageous man I ever knew," said his brother, Richard Hiteshew of Catonsville. "He was faced with many medical challenges during his life and conquered them all. He never looked back. He was devoted to his family, had a wonderful sense of humor and had a positive attitude."
Mr. Hiteshew attended St. Bernardine's Parochial School and was a 1956 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He had a lengthy career at the Westinghouse Oceanic Division, where he was an early user of the computer-aided drafting and design system to create circuit boards.
He was an avid bowler for many years and served as treasurer of one of the Westinghouse bowling leagues.
He restored 1964 and 1969 red-and-white Corvair convertibles, both of which won awards at local and regional classic automobile shows. He drove his vehicles in the annual Catonsville Fourth of July parade.
After his retirement in 1992, he did genealogy work and traced the Hiteshew family to its origins in Germany.
He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America and the Hemophilia Foundation of Maryland. He was also a member of the Blood Brotherhood, a group of adult hemophiliacs.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 3204 Mountain Road in Pasadena.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Carolyn Wood; a son, Milton Douglas Hiteshew Jr. of Woodland Park, Colo.; a daughter, Carrie DeBoy of Pasadena; six other brothers, William Dorsey Hiteshew Jr. of Joppa, John David Hiteshew of Catonsville, Stephen Hiteshew of Phoenix, Ariz., Herbert Hiteshew and Walter Hiteshew, both of Arbutus, and Charles Hiteshew of Columbia; a sister, Louise Lawson of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.