TARR, Norman M.D. of Baltimore, MD and Belleair, died on Oct. 19, 2012, in Charlotte, NC. Norman was born in east Baltimore on Feb. 8, 1923, to William Raymond Tarr and Ethel Otto. After graduating from Baltimore City College, he attended Washington College in Chestertown, MD on an athletic scholarship. In 1944, he was called into the U.S. Army until he entered the University of Maryland Medical School later that year. In 1945, he married Florence Hubbard of Hurlock, MD and in 1946 their son, James Ronald, was born. Norman graduated from medical school in 1948 and started an internship at the U.S. Public Health Service hospital in Baltimore, followed by a surgical residency in 1949, which led to his becoming a surgical oncologist. A second son Brian was born in 1950. Norman remained in the USPHS until 1970. From 1960 to 1967, he served with distinction as Chief of Surgery in the Baltimore hospital, where he tested some of the early cancer chemotherapy drugs and built the tumor clinic into a national asset. After retiring from the USPHS with the rank of captain, he served from 1970 to 1976 as Medical Director of Maryland General Hospital and then for two years as Clinical Director of the Shock Trauma Unit of the University of Maryland. In 1978, Florence and he moved to Belleair, where he became Medical Director of Morton Plant Hospital. He retired in 1988 and spent his gentle years playing golf, reading history, and receiving visits by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His ashes will be buried in Springhill Cemetery in Easton, MD, beside those of Florence, who died in 2005, a few days after their 60th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Harris and his brother, William Elmer Tarr. He is survived by Jim and his wife Susan of Waynesboro, PA and their son David and his wife Nicole, Brian and his wife Kathleen of Charlotte, NC, and their son Jeremy and his wife Julia, their twin children, Lillian and Forest, and by their son Nathan and his wife Krystal. These loved ones carry with them Norman's values of hard work, loyalty and generosity and they will be forever grateful for his presence in their lives.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 29, 2012