Dr. William R. Stecher, 74, who was chief of radiology at Prince George's General Hospital in Cheverly for 21 years and who also was an associate professor of radiology at Georgetown University, died of cardiac arrest Saturday at a hospital in Tampa, Fla.
A former resident of Silver Spring, Dr. Stecher also had a home in Sun City Center, Fla., where he lived in recent months.
Dr. Stecher was chief of radiology at Prince George's General Hospital from 1950 until his retirement in 1971. He also was an associate professor of radiology at Georgetown University and a part-time instructor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during that time.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Temple University there. In 1929, he earned a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he graduated first in his class and earned gold medal honors in anatomy and internal medicine.
He also was an instructor in internal medicine at Temple before transferring to the field of radiology in 1933, after which he was associated with Philadelphia General Hospital and Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby, Pa., for three years. He then operated a private radiology practice in Easton, Pa., and served as chief of radiology at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J., before moving to the Washington area.
Dr. Stecher published 21 articles in his field. He was a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the American Board of Radiology, the Radiology Society of North America and the American Medical Association. r
He was an oil painter, had composed 10 operettas and had played violin with the Lehigh Valley Symphony in Pennsylvania.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Erna Eckert Stecher of Sun Center City; a son, Dr. William A. Stecher, of Rockville, who is chief of the radiology department at Prince George's General Hospital; a daughter, Winifred Diane Peoples of Bethesda, and a brother, Alfred Stecher of Willow Grove, Pa.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association