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Philip Band, psychiatrist

Philip Band, 89, who grew up in Washington and practiced child psychiatry in Philadelphia for many years, died Oct. 3 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He had congestive heart failure, his son David Band said.

Dr. Band had lived in Thurmont, in Frederick County, since 1996. From 1964 to 2010, he was the resident physician for several weeks each summer at Camp Airy, a summer camp in Thurmont.

Philip Theodore Band was born in Chicago and moved as a child to Washington. He was a 1941 graduate of the old Central High School.

He graduated from George Washington University in 1945 and from GWU’s medical school in 1949. He was a pediatrics specialist early in his career and served in the Air Force as a pediatrician from 1951 to 1953.

Dr. Band had a psychiatry residency at Yale University in the 1950s before settling in Philadelphia and focusing on child psychiatry. He had a private psychiatric practice from 1960 to 1997.

Dr. Band was an associate clinical professor at Temple University from 1958 to 1994. In the 1960s, he helped develop a play therapy program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He received many awards for his work.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Millicent Marcus “Mitzi” Band of Thurmont; three children, Dr. David Band of Takoma Park, Dr. Steven Band of Owings Mills and Lisa Band of Thurmont; a brother, Raymond Band of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel

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