DUKE, Dr. James Roncie, died on October 16, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland after a long illness. He was born on September 21, 1924 in Tampa, Florida, to Lorene Day Duke and Dr. Roncie R. Duke, an ophthalmologist who practiced in Tampa for 55 years. Dr. James Duke attended H. B. Plant High School in Tampa until his senior year, when he entered Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia. Upon graduation in 1942, he entered Princeton University and left in 1944 to attend Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1948. After a year of training in pathology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Dr. Duke returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital for three years of training at the Wilmer Ophthalmology Institute. In 1952, Dr. Duke entered the U.S. Army to serve in the Medical Corps at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He had attained the rank of Captain at the time of his discharge from the service in 1955. He then returned to the Wilmer Ophthalmology Institute to become the director of the laboratory of Ophthalmology. As director, he published approximately 30 scientific articles related to this field. He also acted as a consultant in the Office of Disability at the headquarters of the Social Security Administration. Dr. Duke left the Institute in 1968 to enter into the practice of clinical ophthalmology at his office on West Mount Vernon Place. During his time in practice, he acted as a consultant for the VA Hospital, Loch Raven, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and The Maryland Training School for Boys. He retired from his clinical practice in 1982, but continued as a medical consultant for the Office of Disability of the Social Security Administration. Dr. Duke was a collector of American paintings, French furniture, and items related to F. Scott Fitzgerald. He presented his collection of Fitzgerald work to the Princeton Library. He resided in the house where Fitzgerald lived during Zelda's stay at John Hopkins and where Fitzgerald wrote "The Crack Up." Dr. Duke enjoyed traveling by train and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Canada and the United States. Dr. Duke was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the America Ophthalmological Society. He was also a member of The Maryland Club, The Gibson Island Club, and The Princeton Club of New York. Dr. Duke was predeceased by his sister, Mrs. Jane Duke Taylor; and his brother-in-law, Judge Peter J. T. Taylor. He is survived by his nieces, Carole Taylor Kirkwood and her husband, Dan and Susan Taylor Schnitzlein and her husband, Paul; grandnieces and grandnephews, Ellen, Matt and Nathan Schnitzlein and Peter, Jim and Wendy Kirkwood, all of Tampa, Florida; and his close friends, Carolyn and Paul Hall and Fred Koontz, of Baltimore, Maryland. The family will be holding a private memorial service in Tampa, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Maryland School for the Blind, 3502 Taylor Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21236. Please sign the online guestbook at www.BlountCurryMacDill.com
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 27, 2012