Leo R. Goldbaum, 99, an eminent toxicologist who worked at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington from 1952 to 1979, died of pneumonia Dec. 29 at Fox Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Silver Spring.
His son, Thomas Goldbaum, confirmed the death.
Dr. Goldbaum was a founding member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 1948 and spent his early career as a toxicologist at Bellevue Hospital in New York and what is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
He was known for his research into carbon monoxide poisoning.
Leo Robert Goldbaum was a native of Brooklyn and a 1934 graduate of Brooklyn College. He received a master’s degree in chemistry from New York University in 1938 and a doctorate in pharmacology from George Washington University in 1950.
He served in the Army during World War II as a toxicologist in the United States. He was in the Army Reserve until 1973 and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
From 1960 to 1970, he worked as an adjunct professor of pharmacology at Howard and George Washington universities.
Dr. Goldbaum’s first wife, the former Annette Davis, died in 1997 after 29 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Ione Lockhart of Washington; two children from his first marriage, Thomas Goldbaum of Bethesda and Keyes Anne Elliott of Dolphin, Va.; and three grandchildren.