After graduating in 1938 from the former Montgomery Country Day School, Dr. Baltzell earned a bachelor's in English in 1942 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1946, he got his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, where he was an intern for a year before joining the Army. He was a doctor in post-World War II Germany, and was in charge of a surgery unit near Wiesbaden. He was discharged in 1949.
Dr. Baltzell became an otolaryngologist in 1950 at Jefferson and also had a private practice. He also taught there. During his 50-year career, he was a surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Germantown Hospital, and others. He retired in 1987 but continued to teach until 2004.
In 1937, he moved into the family mansion on Rex Avenue in Chestnut Hill, where he lived the good life. Dr. Baltzell, a gracious gentleman, amused those he entertained.
"When a priest and nuns once visited us for a swim in the pool," said daughter Virginia, "my father brought them martinis on a silver platter."
Dr. Baltzell married Sarah Handy Edwards in 1954 and they had two children. They divorced in 1974.
In 1975, he married Martha Pickman Biddle, who brought three children to the marriage.
In addition, to his wife, son, daughter and ex-wife, Dr. Baltzell is survived by eight grandchildren; stepsons David Biddle and Christopher Biddle; and stepdaughter Margot Biddle Milcetich.
Donations may be made to Thomas Jefferson University Department of Otolaryngology, 925 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 19107.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas' Church, Camp Hill Road and Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
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