Walter J. Romejko, ophthalmologist

Walter J. Romejko, 99, an ophthalmologist who practiced in the Washington area for six decades, died Nov. 15 at his home in Bethesda.

He had complications from heart and lung ailments, said his daughter Marie Romejko.

Dr. Romejko ran a private practice in the District and Bethesda from 1946 until his retirement in 2001.

In the early years of his career, he supervised resident training at Gallinger Municipal Hospital, which became D.C. General Hospital. He later was a senior attending ophthalmologist at Washington Hospital Center and an assistant clinical professor at George Washington University’s medical school. Dr. Romejko also practiced at Sibley Memorial Hospital and with the Eye Associates of Washington.

Walter Joseph Romejko was born in Philadelphia. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1934 from what is now St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a medical degree in 1938 from Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Medical College, also in Philadelphia.

He settled in the Washington area and began working in ophthalmology shortly before serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Dr. Romejko was a past president of the ophthalmology section of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and co-director of the glaucoma review board at Washington Hospital Center. He was a volunteer ophthalmologist at Christ House, an organization that provides health care for the homeless in Washington.

His wife of 54 years, Alice Moberley Romejko, died in 1998.

Survivors include four children, Marie Romejko, a Catholic nun, of Bethesda, Richard Romejko of Havertown, Pa., Paula Fairchild of Fairfield, Iowa, and Lynn Jacobs of Dallas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer