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Dr. Henry H. Startzman Jr., retired radiologist, Army veteran and collector, dies

Dr. Henry H. Startzman Jr. was a partner in Radiology Associates.
Dr. Henry H. Startzman Jr. was a partner in Radiology Associates.

Dr. Henry H. Startzman Jr., a retired radiologist who had been a partner in Radiology Associates, was an avid collector of model trains, stamps and coins, and enjoyed attending the symphony and theater, died of pneumonia Nov. 11 at Gilchrist Center in Towson. The former longtime Hampton resident was 96.

“Henry was a great radiologist who pulled my chestnuts out of the fire many times,” said Dr. Bernard S. “Bernie” Karpers Jr., a retired internist and pulmonologist, who had studied under Dr. Startzman in 1960, when he was a medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We first had a student-professor relationship which later became a friend relationship.”

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Dr. Reed D. Riley, the director of cardiology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, had been Dr. Startzman’s physician and friend.

“You can’t find anyone in Baltimore who did not love this guy. He was absolutely dynamite,” Dr. Riley said. “I knew him primarily on a social level and later became his doc, and I so admired him. He was the loveliest man and generous soul you’d ever want to meet and a real gentleman’s gentleman.”

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Dr. Harry C. Knipp, a retired radiologist and chair of the board of trustees for the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Board Foundation, was a longtime friend.

“Henry was so well regarded in the radiologist community and just a prince of a man who was fundamentally a decent guy,” Dr. Knipp said. “He was caring, and always looked out for me when I was a young radiologist. He was a true gentleman who was consummately polite and never said a bad word about anyone.”

Henry Hollingsworth Startzman Jr., son of Henry H. Startzman Sr., a Potomac Edison Co. electrical engineer, and his wife, Mildred Ella Sheely, a former Western Maryland Railway stenographer who later became a homemaker, was born in Baltimore at the old Church Home Hospital, and raised in the 1400 block of Oak Hill Ave. in Hagerstown.

Dr. Startzman was exposed to the medical field as a teen. A job at the Washington County Hospital developing X-ray film and watching radiologists evaluate X-rays stimulated his desire to become a doctor and later pursue a career as a radiologist.

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After graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1943, he was drafted into the Army as a private, and after the war ended, was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, where he headed the blood-drawing laboratory at the 155th Station Hospital.

After being discharged from the service, he earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and was a 1950 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Two weeks before graduating from medical school, Dr. Startzman married the former Peggy Ann Thumma, a medical secretary, who he had known since they were fourth graders. She was a graduate of Hood College and the Maryland Medical Secretarial School, and was working in Baltimore for Dr. Harold Bohlman.

“They were just a wonderful couple who were destined for one another,” Dr. Riley said.

In the early 1950s, he completed radiology residencies at the University of Maryland, and then joined Kilby & Davidson, a radiology practice, in 1956 that was then located in the old Medical Arts Building at Cathedral and Read streets in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Dr. Startzman was again called to active Army duty in 1958 where he served as chief of radiology at DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After being discharged in 1960, he returned to his former practice.

He later became a partner in the practice, which later changed its name to Radiology Associates and expanded to locations in Towson, Cockeysville and Dundalk, and began using one of the first CT scanners in private practice in the metropolitan area.

“When I first met him, he had on that lead apron and was very intimidating because of his size, he was a big man, but he connected with his patients and students,” Dr. Karpers recalled. “He was a very calming, pleasant and easygoing person who treated everyone with respect. And when working with him, he was quite impressive.”

Said Dr. Riley: “Henry Startzman was a radiologist’s radiologist and was that for decades in Baltimore. He was charming, polite and a decidedly decent man, and if you scratched the surface of him, he was genuinely good all the way through.”

He retired in 1990.

Dr. Swartzman had been an active member of the American College of Radiology, Maryland Radiological Society, University of Maryland Alumni Association, Baltimore Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and Lister Society, where he was treasurer.

“Henry was my sponsor for the Lister Society,” Dr. Karpers said. “He maintained an avid interest in medical history, and his knowledge of people in the medical community was just phenomenal.”

Dr. Startzman, a longtime resident of Towson’s Hampton neighborhood, moved in 2019 to the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Lutherville.

He was an inveterate photographer and an accomplished woodworker. Other pastimes included collecting model trains, stamps and coins. He and his wife were seasoned world travelers. They also enjoyed attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts and plays at the old Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.

“Christmas was Henry’s favorite time of the year,” according to a biographical sketch submitted by his family. “When family inquired about his Christmas list, it always included unattainable gifts like a new roof, driveway or car and then small items like leaf bags, pen refills, or rolls of stamps, but nothing in between.”

He had been a member for more than half a century of Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson.

His wife of 68 years died in 2018.

A private family service was held Tuesday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Dr. Startzman is survived by a son, Dr. Henry H. Startzman III of Glen Arm; a daughter, Katherine S. Shires of Hunt Valley; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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