Alexander Maitland, III
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Asheville - Alexander Maitland, III entered eternal rest on Friday, May 2, 2014. Born October 16, 1930, in Easton, PA, he is preceeded in death by his parents, Robert H Maitland Sr., and Dorothy R. Maitland, and two brothers, Rev. Robert H. Maitland, Jr., and John B. Maitland.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy C. Maitland and two children, Susan E. Maitland of Nashville, TN and Alexander (Rebecca) Maitland, IV of Columbia, SC. He has four grandchildren, William C. Bryant of Birmingham, AL, Laura E. Bryant of Nashville, TN and Kyle J. Maitland and James R.A. Maitland both of Columbia, SC.
As a young boy, Alex was active in his church, Trinity Episcopal Church of Easton, PA. He graduated from Abington High School, class of 1948, where he was a varsity wrestler all four years. He briefly attended West Chester College, before transferring to Lafayette College, where he double majored in Biology and Chemistry. While at Lafayette, he continued his wrestling career, becoming Middle Atlantic Collegiate Champion in 1951. Diligent studies gained early acceptance to Yale University Medical School.
1955 was a busy year for Alex. He completed his studies at Yale and more importantly he married Dorothy R. Cramer who would remain his beloved for the next 59 years.
He went on to complete his internship in general surgery at University of Rochester in NY. After which he proudly served his country in the US Army from 1957-1959, stationed in Neubrueke, Germany where he was a Captain and surgeon. While in Germany, he and Mrs. Maitland had the opportunity to travel throughout most of western Europe. They enjoyed and shared many happy memories of their time there.
After completing his residency in Urology at Barnes Hospital, St Louis, MO., Dr. and Mrs. Maitland chose Asheville as home in 1962 because it reminded them of the beautiful, mountainous region of The Black Forest in Germany. Dr. Maitland joined Asheville Urological Associates where he practiced medicine for 35 years along with Doctors Gilbert, Coughlin, Lerner, Bitter, Armstrong and Yarborough. While in private practice, he served as Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery, and on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Hospital. Additionally he served as a consultant at both the Veterans' Adminstration Hospital in Asheville and Duke University Department of Urology.
Dr. Maitland was closely involved with the Mountain Area Health Education Center in its formative years. First he served as a member of the initial Advisory Committee which outlined the organization and the scope of the program. Later he served on the board of directors, both as president and as a member.
Early on, Dr. Maitland was a proponant of drug education and made an speech to the Rotary Club of Asheville in 1969 regarding the signs and dangers of drug abuse.
Dr. Maitland also pioneered the integration of the Buncombe County Medical Society. In 1975, Dr. Otis Michael, a prominant African-American physican, sent Dr. Maitland a letter thanking him for his courage to speak out to allow physicians of color to play golf and tennis at a local country club. Dr. Michael wrote: "...I know that you have been ridiculed and received some abuse...and that words alone cannot compensate for the time, effort and diligence that you have pursued..."
He was an early supporter of Project Access, which continues to provide care to low income residents of Bumcombe County.
Dr. Maitland was also an active member of the community. He was a member of the Zeb Vance Debating Society, Asheville Community Theater, serving both on the Board and acting in several productions. He generously lent his talent and is best remembered as a Russian agent in "Don't Drink the Water" and in a leading role of "Promices, Promices". He served on the Boards of Children's Home Society, St. Genevieve's of the Pines School and Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community.
Dr. Maitland will be missed by all who knew him. He was devoted to his family, his patients and to the practice of medicine. The family wishes to thank the staff of Deerfield Skilled Nursing and Care Partners Hospice who cared for Dr. Maitland with great love and tenderness as his health declined. Words cannot express our gratitude.
A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held at St Giles Chapel on the Campus of Deerfield Retirement Community, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00am. The family will host friends and family at a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, Dr. Maitland and his family would be most honored by donations to Habitat for Humanity, 33 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28803, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, 50 South French Broad, Asheville, NC 28801 or Deerfield Skilled Care, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803.
Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent through the website, www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com
Morris Funeral Home
304 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from May 5 to May 7, 2014