GEORGE R. PROUT(1924 - 2013)

Prout, Jr. MD, George R.
Of Duck Key, Florida, died peacefully after a long illness on November 12, 2013 at his summer home in Annapolis, Maryland, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 23, 1924, in Massachusetts, and was the son of the late George R. Prout Sr. and Marion Prout [nee Snow]. Dr. Prout spent much of his childhood in Dallas, TX and in Quincy, MA. He attended Union College and received his Medical Degree from the Albany Medical College. Dr. Prout interned at Grasslands Hospital in New York. He took a commission in the United States Navy and was stationed on the hospital ship Repose during the Korean Conflict. Upon completion of his military service, Dr. Prout began a residency in Urology under Victor F. Marshall MD at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. This was followed by a fellowship under Dr. Willet Whitmore at Memorial Hospital-Sloan Kettering Medical Center. Dr. Prout became the first Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Miami Medical Center in 1956. He became Professor and Chairman of the Division of Urology at the Medical College of Virginia (VCU Medical Center) in Richmond in 1960, where he was a pioneer in performing kidney transplant operations. From 1969 through 1989, Dr. Prout served as Professor of Urology at the Harvard Medical School and Chief of Urology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Prout was nationally and internationally known for his loving care of his patients and for his work in urologic cancer, especially cancer of the bladder and prostate. He authored or co-authored over 200 articles published in peer reviewed journals. He was a member of many prestigious medical societies including the American College of Surgeons, American Urological Association, American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons, Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and the Society for Urologic Oncology. He trained over 100 Urologists. Many of his residents and fellows have become professors of Urology in academic medical centers in the United States and abroad. Upon his retirement, he became the founding editor of the journal Urologic Oncology. Dr. Prout was an avid sailor and was well known in the yacht racing world. Racing sailboats was in his blood. His grandfather, Carly Snow, was the original designer of the "Snow Bird" which later was raced in the Olympics. Dr. Prout raced one-designs out of the Coral Reef Yacht Club. In Virginia, he created the junior sailing program at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, and built its first four sailing prams for the juniors in his back yard. In the 1970s and 80s, he raced a succession of offshore yachts named "Mountain Lion Eater" as a member of the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. Upon his retirement, he moved to Annapolis where he continued to race on the Chesapeake Bay as a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club. He loved his dogs and he loved the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing and racing sailboats with his children. Dr. Prout is survived by his wife of 63 years, Loa K. Prout, a son George R. III, his daughter-in-law Jan Prout, a daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Prout Lefler, his son-in-law, Frank "Skip", and three grandchildren Allison, George R. IV, and Samuel. Burial will be private. Friends and family are invited to a casual open house in celebration of Dr. Prout's life on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at his Annapolis home from 2-5pm with a toast to George at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of George R. Prout, Jr. MD to the American Urological Association's "Urology Care Foundation" at P.O. Box 79183, Baltimore, MD 21279-0183 or at, or to a .

Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 17, 2013