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Dr. James E. Fragetta, a Lutherville pediatrican and Claire Marie Foundation medical adviser, dies

Dr. James E. Fragetta, a Lutherville pediatrican and Claire Marie Foundation medical adviser, dies

Dr. James E. Fragetta, a popular Lutherville pediatrician who as a member of the medical advisory board of the Claire Marie Foundation worked to develop melanoma prevention programs, died Sunday from pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Center Towson.

The longtime Gaywood resident was 58.

“First of all, as a doctor, he was exceptional, and as a pediatrician, Jim was ahead of the curve,” said former longtime WBAL-TV news anchor Marianne Banister, a Lutherville resident, whose late daughter, Claire Marie Wagonhurst, had been his patient.

“He addressed the whole child and took the holistic approach. He was every kid’s champion,” Ms. Banister said. “Jim was with us from our...

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