George W. Schweitzer, physician

George W. Schweitzer, 64, a physician and former Army major who founded an emergency medical practice that provided doctors and other medical personnel for Washington-area emergency rooms for more than 30 years, died July 31 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. He had cardiac arrest and kidney failure. He had undergone a kidney transplant more than 30 years ago.

Dr. Schweitzer, an Ellicott City resident, was a founding partner of Emergency Medicine Associates in 1974 and was president and chairman of the board of directors until he retired in 2007. The practice includes more than 100 physicians, plus other medical personnel who have staffed emergency rooms at 11 hospitals throughout the Washington area.

Dr. Schweitzer was also chairman of emergency medicine services and the medical chief of staff at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.

George William Schweitzer was born in Washington. He grew up in Atlantic City and graduated in 1968 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

His military career included service as an airborne ranger and an artillery platoon leader. While serving in the Army, he graduated in 1973 from the medical school of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He did his medical internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He retired from the military on medical disability in 1974, after contracting a kidney ailment.

Dr. Schweitzer was fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He was a member of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

His marriages to the former Suzanne Robinson and Sandra McLean ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Pamela McCarthy of Ellicott City; three children from his second marriage, Brian Schweitzer of Toronto, Laura Schweitzer Meins of Rome and Christopher Schweitzer of San Francisco; three stepchildren, Leah Heise, Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis and Nathan B. Hayes, all of Catonsville, Md.; a sister; and six grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes