Arthur Lyman Haskins, MD

Arthur Lyman Haskins, MD

Arthur Lyman Haskins, MD (January 14, 2016)

Dr. Arthur L. Haskins died January 14, 2016 from complications of dementia. He was 98.

Born in in Philadelphia in 1917, he was the son of Arthur L. Haskins, a salesman, and Julia S. Ingersoll, a homemaker. Because of the nature of his father's work, he moved frequently until settling in the early 1930s in Brighton, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester.

Dr. Haskins earned a medical degree in 1943 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and joined the Navy that same year. He was an intern at Brooklyn Naval Hospital in New York from 1943 to 1944 and he served as a medical officer until 1947.

He completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Louis Maternity and Barnes Hospitals in St. Louis in 1948, and was an associate resident in obstetrics and gynecology at those institutions from 1949 to 1950. In 1951, he completed a residency in obstetrics at St. Louis Maternity Hospital and one in gynecology at St. Louis Maternity and Barnes Hospitals. After training he became an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 1952 to 1954, where he developed a lifelong interest in reproductive endocrinology.

In 1955, Dr. Haskins was invited to become chairman of the new combined department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he remained until his retirement in 1980. Dr. Haskins and his collaborators in the department did early and important work in reproductive endocrinology, studying the effects of estrogen, progestins, and gonadotropins in women. He is also remembered for accepting the first black resident to the hospital at a time when there was still a separate entrance to the hospital for blacks and white patients were not allowed to be examined by black physicians.

Dr. Haskins was an avid pilot and enjoyed flying to medical conferences. He also liked vacationing at a family cottage at Farley’s Point on Lake Cayuga in New York and reading science fiction.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Sarah Haskins (nee Burke) and son Mark I. Haskins, and is survived by daughter Kathy Haskins Fick and her husband Brian, sons Arthur L Haskins III and his wife Leslie, and D. Burke Haskins, MD and his wife Lisa, as well as 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Submitted by John O. L. DeLancey, MD

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