Harold Horatio Whitted, 92, a professor emeritus of medicine at Howard University who also was a physician with a private practice, died of congestive heart failure March 16 at his home in Washington.

Dr. Whitted taught in the Community Health Practice Department of the College of Medicine at Howard for 30 years until his retirement in 1976.

Outside the world of academia, he devoted time to a private practice in the 1200 block of S Street NE, from which he retired in the mid-1980s after nearly 40 years.

Dr. Whitted, a Washington native, graduated from Dunbar High School in 1927 and from Howard University in 1931 with a degree in chemistry. He also received from Howard a medical degree in 1936 and a master's degree in public health in 1941.

He began his career in 1938 with the U.S. Public Health Service, where he was acting assistant surgeon in charge of helping state health departments with educational programs.

During World War II, he served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps and was stationed in the Southwest Pacific, including on the islands of Guadalcanal and Bougainville. His military decorations included the Bronze Star.

Dr. Whitted had a summer home in Highland Beach. He served a two-year term as a city commissioner there in the 1970s.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ruth Elaine Ferguson Whitted of Washington; two daughters, Judith Biagas of Silver Spring and Janice Hunter of Oakland, Calif.; and five grandchildren.