Dr. Har­rold T. El­ber­feld

A re­tired ob­ste­tri­cian and gy­ne­col­o­gist who col­lected vin­tage trac­tors, en­joyed black­smithing and wood­work­ing

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Fred­er­ick N. Rasmussen

Dr. Har­rold T. El­ber­feld, a re­tired ob­ste­tri­cian-gy­ne­col­o­gist who en­joyed col­lect­ing vin­tage farm trac­tors and black­smithing, died Aug. 3 in his sleep at his home in Sparks. He was 79.

“I’ve known Har­rold 34 years. He was a Greater Bal­ti­more Med­i­cal Cen­ter ob-gyn staff physi­cian in la­bor and de­liv­ery,” said Dr. Ger­ald A. Glowacki, who was di­rec­tor of Franklin Square Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s depart­ment of ob­stet­rics and gyne­col­ogy and was also Dr. El­ber­feld’s med­i­cal part­ner.

“He was one of the most com­pas­sion­ate physi­cians that I ever prac­ticed with. He was al­ways ded­i­cated to peo­ple,” the re­tired Cock­eysville res­i­dent said. “He got to know the pa­tient, their hus­band, chil­dren and en­tire fam­ily. He looked at the to­tal per­son, not just as a pa­tient. Teach­ing and pa­tient care were the two most im­por­tant as­pects of his life.”

Dr. Don­ald B. Span­gler, a re­tired ob-gyn, was a long­time friend and col­league.

“I’ve known Har­rold for 53 years. I knew him when we were both res­i­dents and fel­lows at Hopkins, and in 1976 we went into prac­tice to­gether,” said Dr. Span­gler, a Mount Pleas­ant, South Carolina, res­i­dent. “He was a loyal friend, hard­work­ing and a re­li­able busi­ness part­ner. He loved prac­tic­ing ob­stet­rics and was de­voted to his pa­tients.”

Har­rold Tal­ley El­ber­feld, the son of Earl Henry El­ber­feld, owner of El­ber­feld Co., a depart­ment store, and his wife, Martha Har­rold El­ber­feld, was born and raised in Lo­gan, Ohio.

He was a 1958 grad­u­ate of Lo­gan Se­nior High School. He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1962 in bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry and math­e­mat­ics from Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity, and his med­i­cal de­gree four years later from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

While he was a stu­dent at Van­der­bilt, he met and fell in love with the for­mer Sherry Jean McGaw, whom he mar­ried in 1963.

He com­pleted an in­tern­ship in ob­stet­rics and gyne­col­ogy at Hopkins in 1967 and his res­i­dency in 1971. From 1972 to 1974, he served as a ma­jor with the Army Med­i­cal Corps at Fort Jack­son, South Carolina.

From 1974 to 2001, Dr. El­ber­feld was as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of the depart­ment of ob­stet­rics and gyne­col­ogy at Franklin Square.

“I re­cruited him to come to Franklin Square. He was a very, very bril­liant ob/gyn,” Dr. Glowacki said. “I was a part­ner with him for 27 years, and he’d spend as much time as a pa­tient needed. He was that car­ing of a physi­cian.”

He de­scribed Dr. El­ber­feld as “quiet and re­served, but ex­tremely friendly.”

“Peo­ple who were his pa­tients con­cluded that he was their friend, and all the nursing per­son­nel at the hos­pi­tal knew he was the hall­mark of the car­ing physi­cian,” Dr. Glowacki said.

“Har­rold was unas­sum­ing but

self­as­sured, and he held him­self to high eth­i­cal and moral stan­dards,” Dr. Span­gler said. “He en­joyed peo­ple and en­joyed spend­ing ex­tra time chat­ting with pa­tients and their hus­bands.”

From 1991 to 2001, Dr. El­ber­feld was di­rec­tor of am­bu­la­tory ob/gyn ser­vices at Franklin Square, and in 2001 at GBMC as a fac­ulty physi­cian in the hos­pi­tal’s depart­ment of ob­stet­rics and gyne­col­ogy, a po­si­tion he held un­til re­tir­ing in 2016.

For more than four decades, he was an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of ob­stet­rics and gyne­col­ogy at Hopkins. He was a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Ob­stet­ri­cal and Gyne­co­logic So­ci­ety of Mary­land and a mem­ber of the Med­i­cal and Chirur­gi­cal Fac­ulty of Mary­land, In­fant Mor­tal­ity Re­view Com­mit­tee, Bal­ti­more County, and the Mary­land Com­mis­sion on In­fant Mor­tal­ity Preven­tion.

Dr. El­ber­feld was a mem­ber of both the pol­icy ad­vi­sory board and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of Healthy Start, Bal­ti­more City, and was Mary­land sec­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ma­ter­nal Mor­tal­ity Re­view Com­mit­tee, Dis­trict IV, of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Ob­stet­rics and Gyne­col­ogy.

In 1977, he be­came a Fel­low of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Ob­stet­rics and Gyne­col­ogy and was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Na­tional Peri­na­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, Mary­land Peri­na­tal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Bal­ti­more County Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Dr. El­ber­feld was an in­vet­er­ate col­lec­tor of an­tique farm trac­tors from such man­u­fac­tur­ers as John Deere and Case In­ter­na­tional, with the old­est be­ing a Case In­ter­na­tional from 1919.

“He also col­lected Volk­swa­gen buses and vin­tage toys,” Dr. Glowacki said.

“Har­rold wasn’t into sports or clubs, but he en­joyed his time off by be­ing on his farm and col­lect­ing trac­tors and toys,” Dr. Span­gler said.

Dr. El­ber­feld at­tended the New Eng­land School of Met­al­work in Auburn, Maine, where he learned black­smithing, fam­ily mem­bers said. He also was an ac­com­plished wood­worker.

He was a mem­ber of the Mary­land Steam His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Inc., whose fo­cus is on the preser­va­tion and op­er­a­tion of steam trac­tion en­gines, steam-op­er­ated equip­ment, and gas and diesel trac­tors and en­gines. He was also a mem­ber of the Mary­land Two Cylin­der Club.

His wife of 56 years, a long­time teacher who had taught at McDonogh School and St. James Academy, died in June.

A visi­ta­tion for Dr. El­ber­feld will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs­day at the Lem­mon Fu­neral Home, 10 W. Pado­nia Road, Ti­mo­nium.

He is sur­vived by his two sons, John El­ber­feld and An­drew El­ber­feld, both of Sparks; three sis­ters, Martha Sampsell of Chicago, Su­san Cen­ters of Chilli­cothe, Ohio, and Sally Har­rold of Coos Bay, Ore­gon; and many nieces and neph­ews.

Har­rold El­ber­feld owned a Case In­ter­na­tional trac­tor from 1919.

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