Dr. Gerald A. “Jerry” Glowacki, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who had served as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and who also enjoyed collecting and driving classic cars and hunting waterfowl on east coast, died of multiple myeloma Friday at the Broadmead Retirement Community. The former longtime Glen Arm resident was 85.
“Jerry was a visionary administrator, an excellent surgeon and a dedicated teacher,” said Dr. Donald Spangler, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist, who also worked at Franklin Square and was in private practice with Dr. Glowacki. “He was also a loyal friend who was supportive of people and the friendships he had developed over time.”
Gerald Anthony Glowacki, son of bank president Benjamin Glowacki and Social Security Administration employee Lottie Glowacki, was born and raised in Syracuse, New York.
After graduating in 1954 from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, Dr. Glowacki earned a bachelor’s degree in 1958 in biology from Le Moyne College, also in Syracuse.
In 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, former educator Carole Andrews.
He received his medical degree in 1962 at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, and was an intern from 1962 to 1963 in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and served as a resident assistant in the department from 1963 to 1967. He was Head of Residence of the department from 1967 to 1968.
From 1968 to 1970 he served in the Army Medical Corps as head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Kirk Military Hospital at Aberdeen Proving Ground and attained the rank of major.
In 1969, the hospital moved from its namesake Franklin Square in West Baltimore to Rosedale in eastern Baltimore County, and Dr. Glowacki became the first chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology in his new home.
“When Franklin Square moved there, it brought obstetrics and gynecology services to eastern Baltimore County and Harford County,” Dr. Spangler said. “As director of the Franklin Square department, Jerry was responsible for administering department policies, directing the residency training program, and we had a small private practice.”
He added that Dr. Glowacki, in addition to developing and overseeing a state-of-the-art facility, had “new ideas and created one of the first programs to bring fathers into the operating room. for deliveries and caesareans, which was visionary. ”
One of Dr. Glowacki’s interests was gynecological bladder issues and “Jerry was one of the first to become interested in what is now a subspecialty called urogynaecology,” Dr. Spangler said.
Dr. Spangler said Dr. Glowacki had a friendly, outgoing demeanor and that “patients loved and appreciated him and residents revered him. Many stayed in touch with him as they deployed across the country and established their own practices.
From 1970 to 2000, he was a member of the hospital’s medical executive committee and was a member of Helix’s Medical Policy and Referrals Committee from 1994 to 2000, and was a former board member of Blue Shield of Maryland.
In addition to his own work in Franklin Square, Dr. Glowacki was an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1970 to 2000; Chairman of the Committee of Program Directors, District IV, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists from 1983 to 2000; and Associate Examiner of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1987 to 2000.
He was a professional member of what was then known as the Maryland State College of Medicine and Surgery, the Maryland Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society, the Baltimore County Medical Association, the International Continence Society, American Geriatrics Society and American Cancer Society, Maryland Division. He was also a founding member of the Gynecologic Laser Society.
Dr. Glowacki has written extensively in his field on topics such as estrogen replacement, osteoporosis and estrogen, fertility and sterility, postmenopausal gynecological issues in geriatric patients, and fallopian tube dehiscence.
In 1984, he earned an additional master’s degree in commerce from what is now Loyola University of Maryland, and his business interests included serving as president and managing partner of Drs. Glowacki, [Harrold] Elberfeld and Spangler PA, president of GES Associates, managing partner of Germar Properties Ltd., and as a consultant to United Health Care Corp.
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He retired in 2000.
The former resident of the old Carriage Road in Glen Arm who moved to the Hunt Valley retirement community eight years ago, ‘enjoyed hunting and shooting waterfowl on the east coast,’ Ms Glowacki said , a retired educator. “He thought deer hunting was boring.”
Along with hunting, tennis, and travelling, Dr. Glowacki’s other hobby was his passion for collecting classic cars. In his collection were a late 1960s Cadillac, a Porsche from the same era, a Mercedes-Benz and a four-door Rolls-Royce Phantom, his wife said.
“He really liked his Mercedes convertible, but he drove them all,” Ms Glowacki said.
Dr. Glowacki was a communicant from St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. May 19 at Lemmon’s Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium, with a memorial service commemorating Dr. Glowacki’s life beginning at 6 p.m.
In addition to his wife, a retired science teacher, Dr. Glowacki is survived by one son, Scott Andrew Glowacki of Perry Hall; one daughter, Janice Glowacki Zdanis of Glen Arm; and two grandchildren. Another daughter, Karen Elizabeth Glowacki, died in 2019.