Dr. Thomas Murray Holcomb


OCEAN PINES – Dr. Thomas Murray Holcomb, age 88, died Thursday Oct. 3, 2013 at his home.  Born in Portland, Or. he was the son of the late James Murray Holcomb and Paulita Dulany Holcomb.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Nolan Holcomb, a son Thomas N. Holcomb of Chapel Hill, N.C., and daughters Mary Busch and her husband Paul of Bowie, Md., Melanie Ann Lynch and her husband Peter of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Frances Rosinski and her husband John of Ocean Pines.  There are eight grandchildren, Michael Busch, Sean Lynch, Daniel Lynch, Katherine Rosinski, Michelle Rosinski, Meghan Busch, Jamie Busch and Kevin Lynch.

Dr. Holcomb, was a United States Air Force veteran, where he had achieved the rank of Colone. He had been the Chief of Pediatrics at Maxwell  Air Force Base in Alabama  from 1954-1958, and retiring in 1968 from Lackland Air Force Base. He was the Department Chairman of Pediatrics at Wilford Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex. from 1959-1968.

He was a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Class of 1944.  He graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Vermont.  He received his Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1970.  He received diplomas from the American Board of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, he also received Med Chi Faculty of Merit in 1968.

Achievements include, Oral Examiner for the American Board of Pediatrics from 1973- 1988, Outstanding Service Award – Military Sector, American Academy of Pediatrics in 1978, Special Achievement Award,  Maryland Chapter for Excellence in Pediatrics Teaching – American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996.

He was a member of St. John Newman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Ocean City Knights of Columbus.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines.  Rev.  Joseph Coccuci officiated.  Interment followed on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 where a graveside service at Dulany Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin Square Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, 900 Franklin Square Dr., Baltimore, Md, 21237 or to the Carmelite Monastery, 1318 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore, Md. 21286.

Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

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