Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Physician-Musician to Head Shriver Hall Concert Series’ Board of Directors

Posted by: Catherine Cochran

Edward F. McCarthy, M.D., will become the fifth Chair of the Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) Board of Directors on September 1, 2017, succeeding  Geoffrey L. Greif, Ph.D.  A passionate advocate for classical music in Baltimore, Dr. McCarthy served on the Board of Directors for six years, the last four as Vice Chair. “Shriver Hall Concert Series offers musical performances of outstanding artistry,” he says.  “I’m committed to continuing this high quality.”

Professor of Pathology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, specializing in the diagnosis of bone and joint disorders, Dr. McCarthy is also a serious amateur cellist, frequently playing in chamber music ensembles.  He has given solo recitals and is a regular participant in the annual Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy.  Combining his love for music with his medical interests, Dr. McCarthy often lectures about the relationship of music and medicine.

In addition to electing Dr. McCarthy as Chair, the Board also elected Julie Schwait as Vice Chair, Ian Heavers as Treasurer, and Ellen Blaustein as Secretary.  Mrs. Schwait is retired from The Park School; Mr. Heavers is Vice President of Strategy at T. Rowe Price; and Mrs. Blaustein is retired from Black & Decker and the Goucher Management Institute. All appointments are effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Greif was elected Chair in 2013 and, in his leadership, oversaw SHCS’ 50th anniversary celebrations, the appointment of Catherine Cochran as executive director, a 25% growth of the endowment to $1.48 million, and expansion of education activities to include Junior Board positions, a Student Internship, and a Student Ticket of $10. Dr. Greif remains on the Board of Directors.  Speaking of his successor, Dr. Greif says, "Ed has the wonderful gifts of warmth, humor, and wisdom, coupled with an extensive knowledge of music.  He plays a pretty fair cello, too!"

About Dr. Edward F. McCarthy

Edward F. McCarthy grew up in Cleveland, OH, where he began studying cello in fourth grade.  He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He continued his training in orthopaedic surgery and pathology at the University of Iowa. Arriving in Baltimore 40 years ago, he planned to stay one year—long enough to complete a fellowship in bone pathology.  At the completion of that year he decided to settle in Baltimore permanently.  During his 40-year tenure at Johns Hopkins, Dr. McCarthy spent 15 years directing the Pathology Department’s residency program and has served as director of the medical school’s pathology curriculum. Dr. McCarthy is married to Dr. Lucille McCarthy, a Professor of English at UMBC. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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