John Chapman Urbaitis MD, a graduate of Cornell University Medical College, former president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and former director of psychiatry at Sinai Hospital died suddenly Aug 15 in Edinburgh Scotland while attending the festival there. He was 73. A long time advocate for community mental health he was the founding director of the Maryland Council of Community Mental Health Centers and its president in 1990. Dr. Urbaitis was president of the Maryland Psychiatric Association in 1988 and received its Lifetime Service Award in 2005. He was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, which awarded him the prestigious Ronald Shellow Award in 2007. He lived in Baltimore City for 45 years where he first came to do residency training in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins hospital. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Matheson of Baltimore, a daughter, Jessie Chapman of Charlottesville Virginia and sister Elizabeth Urbaitis of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. A memorial service will be held October 4th at 1 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 Saint Paul St, Baltimore 2118
Published in Baltimore Sun on Sep. 12, 2014.