Dr. Albert H. “Hank” Dudley III, a longtime Baltimore orthopedic surgeon who earlier had been a private school math teacher, died Nov. 19 of heart failure at his Reisterstown home.
The former longtime Cockeysville resident was 70.
“Overall, Hank was very well liked by the staff at GBMC and his physician and nursing colleagues,” said Dr. Lewis H. Hogge, an anesthesiologist, Ruxton resident and longtime friend..
The son of Dr. Albert H. Dudley Jr., an obstetrician and gynecologist, and Jane Belding Dudley, Union Memorial Hospital gift shop manager, Albert Henry Dudley III was born in Baltimore and raised in Cedarcroft.
After graduating in 1965 from McDonogh School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 from Princeton University.
He taught algebra for two years at McDonogh before entering the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he was a cum laude graduate in 1975. While attending medical school, he enlisted in the Navy.
From 1975 to 1976, he completed a rotating surgical internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, and then completed his orthopedic residency in 1980, also at Bethesda.
He took additional orthopedic training in 1977 at George Washington University and during 1979 completed children’s orthopedics training at Kernan Hospital, a hand surgery rotation at Union Memorial Hospital and a total joint replacement rotation at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.
From 1980 to 1982, Dr. Dudley was a member of the attending staff in the orthopedic department at the National Naval Medical Center, where he was also director of General 1 Spine Services. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander.
During 1982, he also completed a fellowship in spinal cord surgery at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Dudley joined Four East Madison Orthopedic Associates and was also a staff member at Union Memorial Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. In 1987, he served as chief of orthopedics at GBMC.
After Four East Madison Orthopedic Associates, the nation’s oldest private orthopedic group, disbanded in 2004, Dr. Dudley continued in private practice in Timonium.
“Hank was a great guy, and I initially met him at GBMC on spine cases, which he did every Tuesday and Thursday,” Dr. Hogge said. “He was highly regarded and his area of expertise was the spine, and this was mostly his practice.”
Dr. Dudley, who also lectured widely, also served as a spine consultant for the Orioles and the Johns Hopkins University.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was the attending physician at the Grand National and Maryland Hunt Cup steeplechase races.
Even though he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the late 1980s, Dr. Dudley continued to maintain an active practice until retiring in 2007.
He was a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedics and a member of the Society of Military Orthopaedic surgeons, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Southern Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Dudley was also a member of the State of Maryland Southern Medical Association, Baltimore City Medical Association, Baltimore County Medical Society, and was a founding member of the Southern Association for Oncology.
“I got to know Hank really well because we were both members of the Baltimore Medical and Surgical Club, where he was very involved and held all of the offices,” Dr. Hogge said. “He also had a great sense of the medical history of Baltimore.”
Dr. Dudley also served as orthopedic surgeon and physician for the Gilman School football team from 1983 to 1986, and was the orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at McDonogh School in the late 1980s.
Dr. Dudley is survived by a son, Albert Henry Dudley IV of Eldersburg; two daughters, Katherine Emily Wilson Dudley of Reisterstown and Lauren Belding Dudley of Bentonville, Ark.; two brothers, Jack B. Dudley of Baltimore and Jeffrey L. Dudley of Homeland; a sister, Martha Dudley Keller of Waynesboro, Pa.; and three grandchildren.